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A Little Love Storyby Roland Merullo
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In A Little Love Story, Roland Merullo—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the Maria Thomas Fiction Award—has created a sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious tale of attraction and loyalty, jealousy and grief. It is a classic love story—with some modern twists.
Janet Rossi is very smart and unusually attractive, an aide to the governor of Massachusetts, but she suffers from an illness that makes her, as she puts it, “not exactly a good long-term investment.” Jake Entwhistle is a few years older, a carpenter and portrait painter, smart and good-looking too, but with a shadow over his romantic history. After meeting by accident—literally—when Janet backs into Jake’s antique truck, they begin a love affair marked by courage, humor, a deep and erotic intimacy . . . and modern complications.
Working with the basic architecture of the love story genre, Merullo—a former carpenter known for his novels about family life—breaks new ground with a fresh look at modern romance, taking liberties with the classic design, adding original lines of friendship, spirituality, and laughter, and, of course, probing the mystery of love.
"Merullo, author of the Revere Beach series, starts out with a hoary clich: Jake Entwhistle, on the one-year anniversary of his girlfriend's death, goes out for a doughnut, and his '49 Dodge truck gets smashed in the parking lot by cowboy-booted, 27-year-old Janet Rossi. Chemistry wins out over a series of first-date pratfalls, and Entwhistle, a handsome, successful painter, finds himself smitten. Rossi, however, has cystic fibrosis, and Merullo does his best work in the deceptively lighthearted chapters that follow the lovers trying to shed their romantic baggage on top of dealing with Rossi's illness. Entwhistle must overcome his jealousy over Rossi's affair with the governor of Massachusetts (she's still his aide), and he must also finally mourn the late Giselle (an attendant on the flight that went down in Pennsylvania on 9/11). Rossi's debilitating disease quickly sends her into a tailspin; Jake tries to pull together lung donors and a 'psycho-genius' doctor for an operation that could save Rossi's life. Merullo counters the cardboard morbidity and overdetermined incidentals with considerable emotional depth, making this a solid romance. (On sale Aug. 9)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
One year after the death of his fiance, Jake sees a beautiful woman hop in her car and back into his beloved truck. Three days later he calls her and an accident becomes dinner--and dinner quickly becomes a romance. However, Janet is not without her own complications.
Jake has had his heart broken a few times. Most recently, by the tragic and unexpected death of the woman he thought he would marry. On the one year anniversary of her loss he goes to a favorite doughnut shop to indulge in the small but reliable pleasure of a chocolate glazed and a decaf. Looking up, he sees a beautiful woman walk out the door, hop in her car, and back into his beloved, perfectly preserved 1949 Dodge truck. Three days later he calls her--not her insurance company--and an accident becomes dinner, and dinner quickly becomes a romance. Janet, the mysterious stranger, is not without her own complications. She was involved in a very public affair with the governor of Massachusetts, for whom she is an aide, and has cystic fibrosis which leaves her frequently struggling for breath. Can this romance work? Can love truly overcome any obstacle or is that the kind of wishful thinking that evaporates in the real world? In dealing with such questions. A Little Love Story (With Room for Breathing) is wise and smart, wistful and moving.
About the Author
Roland Merullo is the critically acclaimed author of Revere Beach Elegy and In Revere, In Those Days. He teaches at Bennington College and lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
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