Roland Merullo

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ROLAND MERULLO is an awarding-winning author of 24 books including 17 works of fiction: Breakfast with Buddha, a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, now in its 20th printing; The Talk-Funny Girl, a 2012 ALEX Award Winner and named a "Must Read" by the Massachusetts Library Association and the Massachusetts Center for the Book; Vatican Waltz named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly; Lunch with Buddha selected as one of the Best Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews; Revere Beach Boulevard named one of the "Top 100 Essential Books of New England" by the Boston Globe; A Little Love Story chosen as one of "Ten Wonderful Romance Novels" by Good Housekeeping, Revere Beach Elegy winner of the Massachusetts Book Awa ...more

Behind the Book: Revere Beach Elegy: A Memoir of Home & Beyond

Revere Beach Elegy A Memoir of Home and Beyond by Roland Merullo

I don't remember exactly how it started, but for a while in the 1990s I was a fairly regular contributor to the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine. It was a time before digital "content", when the newspaper and magazine were both healthy, when there were a lot of opportunities for freelance writers and a lot of courage among editors, and the magazine ran a number of my medium-length essays on subj Read more of this blog post »
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Breakfast with Buddha

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Once Night Falls

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The Talk-Funny Girl

4.11 avg rating — 2,806 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Lunch with Buddha

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Dinner with Buddha

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The Delight of Being Ordinary

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A Little Love Story

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Golfing with God: A Novel o...

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American Savior: A Novel of...

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In Revere, In Those Days

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Under the Bone by Anne-Christine d'Adesky
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[Written for the Boston Globe February 1994]

Much of what we know of life in Haiti comes from the television news. We sit in clean, heated living rooms with full bellies and watch 20-second clips of impossibly crowded lifeboats running aground on the
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The Italics Are Mine by Nina Berberova
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[Written for the Philadelphia Inquirer May 1992]

Nina Berberova's autobiography, THE ITALICS ARE MINE, begins in St. Petersburg a decade before the Russian Revolution and takes the reader on a profound historical, literary and personal journey through
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A Flag for Sunrise by Robert  Stone
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[From an NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED segment entitled "You Must Read This" September 2011)

In 1985, when I was in the midst of a 12-year struggle to write my first novel, I had the good fortune to be invited to the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony in Aust
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“Some people use their own hurt as an excuse for hurting others”
Roland Merullo, The Talk-Funny Girl

“I felt I was drawing close to that age, that place in life, where you realize one day what you'd told yourself was a Zen detachment turns out to be naked fear. You'd had one serious love relationship in your life and it had ended in tragedy, and the tragedy had broken something inside you. But instead of trying to repair the broken place, or at least really stop and look at it, you skated and joked. You had friends, you were a decent citizen. You hurt no one. And your life was somehow just about half of what it could be.”
Roland Merullo, A Little Love Story

“If Christ's message could be distilled down to one line, that line would have to do with kindness and inclusiveness, not rules and divisiveness.”
Roland Merullo, Breakfast with Buddha

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