by Ron McLarty

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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. Jono Riley is an aging bartender and part-time actor in Manhattan who is compelled to return to the working-class neighborhoods of East Providence, where he came of age with his three best friends in the early 1960s. Jono is drawn into an attempt to solve the mystery of several shootings that occurred back then. As the surprising truth emerges, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101201930
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/18/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 685,403
File size: 801 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ron McLarty is an award-winning actor and playwright best known for his appearances on television series, including Law&Order, Sex and the City, The Practice, and Judging Amy. He has appeared in films and on the stage, where he has directed many of his own plays.

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Traveler 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book!! Great character development, wonderful story. Really terrific read. Give it a try you won't be dissapointed.
Alirambles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but found myself wishing for more depth. The mystery of a shooting that happened 35 years before wasn't particularly compelling to me, I was more interested in the relationships, past and present, and I thought it fell short here. I never quite bought the relationship between Jono and Renee, the woman in his present life. He tells us dozens of times how wonderful she is, but when the two of them are together something is missing. Similarly, I wanted to love the closeknit group of friends who half the chapters, in flashback, are about, but there really wasn't much to hold onto. All the people getting beat up kind of blended together after a while, as did the characters. Their actions seemed like a random series of events rather than an unfolding that helps the reader feel involved with the characters. When the present finally collided with the past so we could see how it all fit together, I found myself caring much less than I wanted to. And, really, how important could those relationships have been to the guy who didn't bother coming back to his hometown except for funerals? Even when he does come back there's very little effort to spend time with these guys and not much dwelling on why not. He spends more time with the cop than either of his friends.This isn't the only way in which the thread between the flashback chapters and the present-day chapters is weak. I didn't see any signs of the current Jono in the past version--the book might as well have been about two completely separate people. Like Jono's sense of disconnect when he sees his highschool sweetheart Sandy at the bar and she's gotten old and fat, the past-tense Jono didn't strike me as anyone remotely like a guy who would eventually move to NYC and become an actor. I would have liked to read a book in which, as the past story unfolds, we begin to see the patterns that will become the present-day character we've been following. Unfortunately, that's not the book McLarty chose to write.
ConanTheLibr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to the downloaded audio version via my public library. I loved McLarty's reading voice(s) and his setting - East Providence, RI. As far as I can tell, the book is quite autobiographical. I actually got on Google maps to try to find some of the places he mentioned.
readabook66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A compelling book with a wonderfully authentic setting
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I ended up reading this book as a suggestion from my library, so pleased I took their advice. This was a good summer read. I liked the characters and how they unfolded as the story progressed. I also liked how the author used flashbacks to define the present. Looking forward to reading the authors previous book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the library for Memory of Running - it wasn't in - picked up this instead - started reading at 4:00 had it finished by midnight! Couldn't put it down - Can't wait to read 'Memory'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It had me from the first page. I could just feel the angst of the main character Jono and his struggles with his past. What a beautiful character Mr. McLarty gave us to enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book more than In Memory of Running. I'm from RI and am very familiar with the locations mentioned in this book. While I liked the story, I really loved the flashbacks with Cubby, Bobby and Billy. I remember the whole mondo phase. I really didn't love the ending. It just seemed too abrupt. Almost like the author wanted to tie things up too quickly. This was the only downfall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a mere shadow of 'Memory of Running'. When I saw this book I grabbed it without even reading the inside flap or the back thinking how can this possibly be bad. the worst part was the dialogue, I think...sounded like 7th graders talking..