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By Marci Blackman


At the age of 21, Gus Weesfree witnessed a brutal crime in his hometown of Tradition, Ohio, and fled.  Now an old man, exhausted by a life on the run, he is compelled to confront his past only to find most of his memories buried by urban sprawl.  He seeks solace in Mabel, the sister he abandoned, a lifelong alcoholic who presumed him dead.  


As the surviving Weesfree family exhumes their history, Gus finds that not all was as it seemed in Tradition. The love and betrayal of his youth ran far deeper than he ever imagined.


Moving seamlessly between present-day and the 1930s and ‘40s, award-winning author Marci Blackman reveals the powerful force exerted by the past on the present. Tradition gracefully uncovers the Weesfree family secrets—and how race, family, and loyalty can shape a life.


"Grit. Red earth. Southern spices. Tight like a shot gun house/filled with characters that live full, and hard. Flava permeates every bit of this story. Beautifully crafted. Tradition."

          -Sharon Bridgforth, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of the bull-jean stories, RedBone Press

About the Author

WSP author Marci Blackman

Marci Blackman is the author of two novels and several short works of fiction. Blackman’s first novel, Po Man’s Child, received the American Library Association’s Stonewall award for Best LBGT Fiction, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Best Fiction, and was chosen for distribution by the Quality Paperback Book Club. In addition to fiction, Blackman co-edited the Lambda nominated anthology, Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco, and authored the recently published Bike NYC: The Cyclist's Guide to New York City from Skyhorse Publishing.
Blackman lives and writes in New York.

Tradition by Marci Blackman
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