The tricky part : one boy's fall from trespass into grace

by Moran, Martin, 1959-

Format: Print Book 2005
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN2287.M6993 A3 2005
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN2287.M6993 A3 2005
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Moran, now 42, gives a compelling account of his seduction, at age 12, by a counselor at his Catholic church camp, and their ensuing three-year relationship. He describes his gradual addiction to the sex itself, with no love attached, which he still sees repeated in his brief liaisons in parks and restrooms, despite 15 years with his partner, Henry. He remembers enjoying the concealment from friends and parents of his involvement with Bob, 20 years his senior. He recounts how he descended from the top of the Catholic heap in junior high to thoughts of suicide when he felt that his deeds stuck to him like a bad smell. Moran discovers acting, then joins a men's support group for survivors of sexual abuse, and is amazed at how much energy it takes in the present to continually dismiss the past. His is a poignant and provocative memoir that delves behind the titillating headlines to reveal what's really at stake when children are sexually abused by authority figures. --Deborah Donovan Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "To everyone else in the Denver neighborhood where he grew up in the '70s, Moran was a studious Catholic boy. No one knew he carried a secret that would fester for 30 years and lead to extreme anxiety, sexual compulsion and suicide attempts. At age 12 he met Bob, a church camp counselor in his 30s who, for several years, took Moran hiking and camping, and had sex with him. Moran painfully recounts the inner workings of a lonely, insecure adolescent who, out of a desperate need for friendship and acceptance, continued a sexual relationship with a man 20 years his senior. Feeling guilty and shameful regarding the affair and his homosexuality, Moran lived a life in which the erotic and the illicit fused, and compulsive sex became a means of self-punishment. Over the years, Moran, now a writer and actor, managed to glean bits of guidance and self-acceptance from his aunt, a contemplative nun; a New Age music teacher; friends; and eventually, recovery groups and therapy. Moran's Catholic-American gothic differs from other abuse/recovery/coming-out memoirs in that it examines a uniquely gay mind/body split as it subtly reflects on a gay man's spiritual quest for self-determination and love. Agent, Malaga Baldi Literary. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Moran, Martin, -- 1959- -- Childhood and youth.
Catholic Church -- United States -- Clergy -- Sexual behavior.
Actors -- United States -- Biography.
Sexually abused teenagers -- United States -- Biography.
Child sexual abuse by clergy -- United States.
Publisher Boston, Mass. :Beacon Press,2005
Language English
Description 285 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0807072621
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