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The Tricky Part by Martin  Moran
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Jan 28, 2011

bookshelves: memoirs, justicenonfiction, gayreadinggroup
Read from January 28 to February 10, 2011

This is a very illuminating book! This memoir of a man who was sexually molested by his counselor at a Catholic overnight camp when the author was 12 years old demonstrates the complications and confusion of sexual abuse without being downright condemning. The author, now 40 years old, is very forthcoming about his lingering feelings towards this counselor and their three year relationship.

As a boy the relationship with his 22 year old camp counselor made him excited and ashamed about having a gay sexual outlet. As the book progresses through the child's life the derangement of his sexual experiences at a young age become trauma that continues to effect him. For much of the book Moran tries to get deeper and deeper into the remnant effects of this abuse. It was impressive to dig in each layer of pain and live out the healing process.
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