Why do you think the boys had such issues with one another when they were young? Ron McLarty spoke at a reader's retreat I attended in '07. Jono is drawn into an attempt to solve the mystery of several shootings that occurred back then. The story draws tighter, the past takes on new, darker shades and when the old mystery is solved, sadness returns. The characters were interesting enough, Story was intriguing. Beginning with the early years of his career, McLarty's passion for writing led him to completing 10 novels, in addition to his plays but his efforts to interest a publishing house were unsuccessful.
Five Stars Ron McLarty- You've done it again. This format can at times be disconcerting, but the scenes that travel back in the past stand out as the most memorable parts of the book. Best of all, if after reading an e-book, you buy a paper version of Traveler. Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience. The fields were covered with fresh snow and the two impulsively made side-by-side snow angels. Interesting read -- the protagonist is about my age.
Ron McLarty was a well-known audio narrator as well as an actor, before he published his first book, which became a best seller. He is truly gifted with all the elements that make writing great. The biggest problem I had with Traveler is that the main dramatic action that is initially laid out in the beginning of the book simply disappears as the story goes on. He has a lovely woman who is ready to move forward with their relationship but he is mysteriously dragging his feet. Ethnicity is an important aspect of this book: Jono is Irish, Bobby is Portuguese, and Cubby and Billy are Italian. McLarty has a real knack for capturing nostalgia. Truthfully I don't even know what role they played, they were just there not contributing anything.
And how do we make peace with the uglier side of life? They both took place in Providence, Rhode Island, and they both alternated between present day events and recalling the days of the 1960's. In chapters alternating between present day and the past, McLarty paints a vivid portrait of growing up in an East Providence, Rhode Island neighborhood in the 1960s. The rift between Jono and his friends and the boys from the Terrace, like Howie Crosby, Allie Ponserelli, and Connie Dwyer, is a continuing concern for Jono as he is growing up, and when he returns to Providence he encounters the same group, still behaving in a similar way even though they are grown men. She survived, but the doctors chose not to remove the bullet. There were a few times I laughed aloud, and more times that I smiled but this is not a comedy.
Mc Larty has carved out a style that blends the past and present in his novels without detracting from the piece. He hasn't been back in many years. Hopes of their relationship blossoming is torn apart when she tragically dies, now Jono must confront his past without her. News of the sudden death of his childhood friend Marie D'Agostino, his first true love, compels Jono to return for a few days to the place he grew up, the working-class neighborhoods of East Providence, Rhode Island. He has also appeared in many films and on the stage, where he has directed many of his own plays.
He is a native Rhode islander and a contemporary of mine at Rhode Island College so his references to places and events from our youth are particularly pleasing to see woven into the context of the piece. The story of Jono Riley's - a bartender and sometime actor - trip back to East Providence to revisit the memory of a childhood friend begins with fond memories touched by sadness then travels back to the unexplainable horrors of the very young. The Memory of Running was chosen as the 2007 selection for the Reading Across Rhode Island program and nominated for Italy's most prestigious literary award, the Bancarella Prize. Also the bouncer at the bar - he could have had more weight too. 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. From the author of The Memory of Running-a beautifully crafted story of a man who returns home to discover the truth about his past Featuring the warmth and authenticity that made The Memory of Running such a major success, Traveler wraps a beautifully written ode to friendship within a compelling mystery. In the end, I couldn't just get over some of the drawbacks of this book like I could with Memory of Running.
I thought the plot was interesting and my favorite character was the gruff but loveable Big Tony. A neat storyline where a middle-aged actor is drawn to the scene of his youth to untangle a shooting incident. Jono is drawn into an attempt to solve the mystery of several shootings that occurred back then. I wavered about how to comment on this audio book. It's an interesting premise but it's strangely boring to read.
It is believed to be the first recorded audio book of an unpublished novel. Forty years later the bullet had become what the doctor's called a 'traveler' and Marie has now officially been murdered by an unknow assailant. Ron McLarty is a professional actor and brings a lot to the table when he narrates his own audio books. The story draws tighter, the past takes on new, darker shades and when the old mystery is solved, sadness returns. Why do you think that is, and how much of it is due to the environment in which he grew up? In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. As Marie rose to her feet a bullet slammed into her left shoulder.