Ultimately a frustrating read.Not as good as his first book, The Memory of Running.The main character in this story, Jono, is the epitome of an anti-hero, and unfortunately he never quite became a compelling character to me.The biggest problem I had with Traveler is that the main dramatic action that is initially laid out in the beginning of the book simply disappears as the story goes on.It's hard to reveal much more without giving away the plot, but I'm sure anyone that has read this story will agree.The action that motivates Jono to go back home fades from view very quickly, making the reader wonder what Jono's true motivations are.

That's not to say that the rest of the novel is unimpressive.McLarty writes in a very distinct format.One chapter is dedicated to the "present time", the next chapter jumps back in time.This format can at times be disconcerting, but the scenes that travel back in the past stand out as the most memorable parts of the book.McLarty has a real knack for capturing nostalgia.

In the end, I couldn't just get over some of the drawbacks of this book like I could with Memory of Running.McLarty did a great job of tying up the loose ends and making it all fit in the end, but despite a beautiful conclusion, it couldn't salvage the feeling of unease I felt in the middle of the story.