The Tricky Part
A boy's story of sexual trespass, a man's journey to forgiveness
By Martin Moran
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307276537, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 11, 2006
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Raised in a loving Catholic family in Denver, Martin Moran was a star student who imagined that he’d one day become a U.S. senator. When he was twelve years old, a camp counselor seduced him, initiating a sexual relationship that would last three years–and haunt Moran’s life for decades. He discovered a passion for acting and built a career that would take him to Broadway, but only when Moran finally tracked down and confronted his abuser thirty years later could he finally forgive himself for someone’s else trespass.
Funny and tender about growing up Catholic and gay, The Tricky Part never oversimplifies either the abuse or the vexing work of recovering from it. This powerful story carries us to the heart of a paradox: that what we think of as damage may be the very thing that gives rise to transformation, even grace.
Martin Moran grew up in Denver and attended Stanford University and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He lives in New York City, where he makes his living as an actor and writer. He has appeared in many Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Titanic, Cabaret, Bells Are Ringing, Floyd Collins and The Cider House Rules. He won a 2004 Obie Award for his one-man play, The Tricky Part, which he continues to perform all over the country.
"Marvelous, courageous and above all, thoughtful."
—The Washington Post
"A story of sexual abuse and its seemingly endless halflife--remarkable then, that this isn't a book about blame, but forgiveness."—Kathryn Harrison
“A subtly rendered and remarkably even-handed journey toward redemption.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Wise and heartbreaking...an astonishing balancing act of a book.”—Body and Soul
“Elevates the confessional to the level of art.” —Michael Cunningham