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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (500 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron McLarty Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Ron McLarty’s debut novel, The Memory of Running, appeared, the publishing world sat up and took notice. Now, McLarty is back with another reason to cheer the arrival of his distinctive new voice. Jono Riley is an aging part-time actor and bartender trying to make ends meet in Manhattan when he receives a letter from a childhood friend telling him that Marie, the first girl Jono ever loved, had just died in her sleep. As Jono makes the trip back home to the working-class neighborhood of East Providence, Rhode Island, McLarty deftly travels between Jono’s adolescence in the early 1960s and the present story of his return. Woven throughout are Jono’s endearing and funny memories of his coming of age with his three best friends—including a series of mysterious shootings that occurred back then, one of which lodged a bullet in Marie’s back when she was twelve.

When Jono’s girlfriend, a gritty New York City firefighter named Renee, joins him in East Providence, they find themselves drawn into an attempt to find the person responsible for the shootings so long ago. As the surprising truth unravels, Jono is forced to come to terms with a past that is not quite what he remembers, even as he makes new resolutions in the present. Traveler is a fine-tuned and riveting novel that will further affirm McLarty’s place in American fiction.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaeli | 2/8/2014

    " A wonderful book that shares the joy of boyhood friendships in 1950s-1960s. Also reenters the world of immigrant families: Dagos, Micks, Portagee... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shar | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting read -- the protagonist is about my age. The story goes back and forth between significant events during his school years and his life today. Several "mysteries" are answered at the end, but not in neat and "happily ever after way," which would out of sync with the story (and life). Well written and I will definetly watch for other books by him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Art | 2/7/2014

    " I did not think this was as good as his first novel but an entertaining read nonetheless. He's more of a story teller than a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deb | 2/4/2014

    " Ron McLarty's (of East Providence) second book following The memory of running (which I didn't read). The main character is an actor/bartender who returns to EP after the death of a childhood friend. Through some confusing flashbacks, the reader finds out all about the close group of friends and how they grew up (or didn't). The thing that really bothered me was that he called what is really Slater Park Goddard Park. Why would he confuse Pawtucket with East Greenwich? "

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