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McLarty, Ron. Traveler.

McLARTY, Ron. Traveler. Read by the author. 7 cds. 8.25 hrs. Recorded Books. 2007. 1-4281-3215-5. $39.95. Vinyl binder; plot, author notes. SA

Growing up in East Providence in the '60s was not easy for teenage Jono Riley and his friends. The city, a melting pot of ethnic groups, was in the grip of organized crime, and rivalries constantly erupted in violent fights. The light of Jono's life was Marie D'Agostino, his friend's sister. No one could understand why anyone would want to shoot this 12-year-old girl, but someone did. Doctors couldn't remove the bullet, so it remained in her back. Forty years later, when Jono learns that Marie has died suddenly because the bullet "traveled," pinching off an artery, he returns to the city of his youth to learn the truth of what happened. Author, actor, and Rhode Island native McLarty gives a superb fully voiced reading of this nostalgic period piece filled with strong family loyalties, the struggles of everyday working-class life, and typical, humorous boyhood adventures. Although some readers may be offended by the violence of the action and the language, both reflect the culture of those who struggled to raise families and survive in the East Providence neighborhoods. Susan Allison, Libn. (retired), Lewiston, ME

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