Books by Roland Merullo

Roland Merullo is the author of three novels, Leaving Losapas, A Russian Requiem, and Revere Beach Boulevard, which was a finalist for the 1998 PEN New England/L.L. Winship Prize. He has a Master's Degree in Russian Language and Literature from Brown Univ

Released: April 11, 2017

"Lucid, unpretentious fiction spotlighting the drama of trying to make the divine part of our everyday lives."
Another genre-defying installment in Merullo's engaging series of seriocomic religious novels (Dinner with Buddha, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
DINNER WITH BUDDHA by Roland Merullo
Released: June 2, 2015

"With six unconventionally religious novels to date, this brave, meditative author has carved a unique niche in American literature."
Merullo (Vatican Waltz, 2013, etc.) offers a third installment in the spiritual adventures of Otto Ringling.Read full book review >
VATICAN WALTZ by Roland Merullo
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A fresh, moving portrait of religion as it could and should be. The cliffhanging finale offers hope that we will see more of Cynthia's odyssey in future books."
A young Massachusetts woman is prompted to share her messages from God with the Catholic Church hierarchy in Merullo's warmhearted addition to his series of unusual religious novels (American Savior, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A quiet meditation on life, death, darkness and spirituality, sprinkled with humor, tenderness and stunning landscapes."
In this engaging follow-up novel (Breakfast With Buddha, 2008), Merullo takes readers on a spiritual road trip through the American West. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2009

"Agreeable but slight—best for golfers and inveterate armchair travelers."
A veteran novelist genially recaptures an extended vacation in northern Italy. Read full book review >
AMERICAN SAVIOR by Roland Merullo
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Impressive speculative fiction, and a bracing tonic for an election year."
Smart, funny yet dead serious Second Coming novel from Merullo (Breakfast with Buddha, 2007, etc.), who has Jesus offering America spiritual renewal by way of a run for the White House. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Spiritual fiction is a byway little traveled by mainstream authors, but Merullo has grown so persuasive over the course of two luminous little novels that readers might well follow him even if he turned next to, say, Mornings with Mohammed."
Merullo again takes on religion, but this time he makes it a lot more accessible than in Golfing with God (2005, etc.). Read full book review >
GOLFING WITH GOD by Roland Merullo
Released: Oct. 28, 2005

"Adventuresome—but Merullo's fans will still be waiting for that promised third installment of the Revere Beach Trilogy."
The author of two novels set around Boston (In Revere, In Those Days, 2002, etc.) switches to religious allegory. Read full book review >
A LITTLE LOVE STORY by Roland Merullo
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"An intelligent tear-jerker."
Eros and Thanatos in Boston. Read full book review >
IN REVERE, IN THOSE DAYS by Roland Merullo
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Emotionally complex, politically intelligent, beautifully written: Among the best from a novelist in the classic American tradition."
In a small city north of Boston in the late '60s, a boy expands his horizons even as he discovers the enduring strength of "loyalty to a neighborhood and affection for a family—those twin steel bonds of the working class"—in Merullo's elegiac fourth novel, a companion to Revere Beach Boulevard (1998). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 2002

"No mystery and no surprises here, but touching affirmation of the anchoring value of family and home."
A gentle autobiography in which the author's search for self often takes the form of a spiritual quest for goodness. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"If Coppola or Scorsese ever repent for their glamorization of the underworld, this is the perfect novel to bring to the big screen: the ordinary people of Merullo's realist fiction, no easy saints themselves, testify to the true meaning of familial love."
Merullo's third novel nicely combines the strengths of his first two: it's as beautifully written as his first, Leaving Losapas (1991), and as smoothly plotted (and commercial) as his second, A Russian Requiem (1993). Read full book review >
A RUSSIAN REQUIEM by Roland Merullo
Released: Sept. 23, 1993

"A moving novel—with great cinematic potential—that brilliantly captures the historically tense moment of Russia on the verge of freedom, just before the attempted coup and the Party's last gasps."
After his lyrical literary debut (Leaving Losapas, 1991), Merullo ventures into more commercial territory—in a highbrow thriller set during Russia's 1991 ``undeclared civil war.'' Based on an intimate knowledge of the Soviet Union, Merullo's timely and intriguing narrative juxtaposes the careers of two bureaucrats—both decent, ordinary men who find themselves acting heroically after years of mistakes and compromises. Read full book review >

Part South Seas romance and part urban ethnic realism, Merullo's thoughtful and elegant first novel avoids all the clichÇs of both types of fiction. Read full book review >