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A Little Love Story: A Novel

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Chapter 1

My year of mourning was over, and I decided to mark the anniversary by treating myself to a doughnut.

By my own choice, I had not had sex with anyone during those twelve months. I'm not sure why I did that. Maybe it was out of respect for the woman I had lost, though she wouldn't have wanted anything like that from me. My older brother is a monk, so maybe I was trying to prove I could keep up with him in the abstinence department. Or maybe I was just afraid I would meet someone I liked and sleep with her, then start to think about her all the time, then start to want to have children with her, and then she would be torn away from me and spirited off to some better world-if there is a better world—and that is not the kind of thing you want to go through twice in one year.

So on that wet September night my year of abstinence was finished, and I went out looking for a doughnut as a sort of offbeat celebration. That's all, really. A doughnut says: Listen, for your eighty-five cents I'm going to give you a quick burst of feel-good. No soul connection. No quiet walks. No long foreplay sessions in a warm one-bedroom. No extinction of aloneness. No jealousy. No fights. No troubles. No risk.

On that night, the risk I thought I was willing to take extended only as far as chocolate-glazed. Steaming cup of decaf next to it, little bit of cream, the shabby comfort of my favorite doughnut shop. It seemed a small enough thing to ask, after the year I'd seen.

The steady rain that had been falling during the afternoon and early part of the night had quieted to a light drizzle. The streets were black and wet, streaked with color from storefront neon and traffic lights. I worked my old pickup out of its parking space-foolish move, giving up a parking space in that neighborhood at that late hour-and drove to Betty's.

There is no Betty. Once there might have been, but at that point Betty's was owned by Carmine Asalapolous, a rough-edged, middle-aged man who had told me once that he wished he'd done something heroic in his life so he'd have a piece of high ground to fall back on when the devils of self-doubt were after him. Carmine, I said, just being a decent person, good father, excellent doughnut-maker-that's enough heroism for one life. But he shook his big head sadly and said no, it wasn't, not for him.

Carmine went to a two-hour Orthodox service on Sunday mornings. During the week he liked to make off-color jokes with his regular customers. He had some kind of mindless prejudice against college professors, a scar between his eyebrows that looked like a percent sign, and two young daughters whom he adored and whose pictures and drawings were taped up on every vertical surface in Betty's. He took his work seriously. If you got him going on the subject of doughnut-making, he'd tell you the chain doughnut shops used only the cheapest flour, which is why you left those places with a pasty aftertaste on your tongue.

I parked in front. The roof of Betty's was dripping and one cold droplet caught me on the left ear as I walked in. I remember that odd detail. In line at the counter I held a little debate with myself-how wild a night should it be?—then asked for two chocolate-glazed instead of one, a medium instead of a small decaf. Carmine was counting money in the floury kitchen. I could see him there throug

Synopsis:

Left adrift after the tragic and unexpected death of the woman he loved, Jake, a Boston contractor, finds himself falling for the beautiful woman who backs into his beloved 1949 Dodge truck, despite the fact that she is involved in a very public affair with the governor of Massachusetts and that she suffers from cystic fibrosis. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Jake Entwhistle is smart and handsome, but living with a shadow over his romantic history. Janet Rossi is a bright, witty aide to the governor of Massachusetts, but Janet suffers from an illness that makes her, as she puts it, “not exactly a good long-term investment.” After meeting by accident late one night, they begin a love affair filled with humor, startling intimacy, and a deep, abiding connection.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307537812
Publisher:
VINTAGE BOOKS
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Merullo, Roland
Author:
Roland Merullo
Subject:
General
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Governors
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060808
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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A Little Love Story: A Novel
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Product details 288 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307537812 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Left adrift after the tragic and unexpected death of the woman he loved, Jake, a Boston contractor, finds himself falling for the beautiful woman who backs into his beloved 1949 Dodge truck, despite the fact that she is involved in a very public affair with the governor of Massachusetts and that she suffers from cystic fibrosis. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Jake Entwhistle is smart and handsome, but living with a shadow over his romantic history. Janet Rossi is a bright, witty aide to the governor of Massachusetts, but Janet suffers from an illness that makes her, as she puts it, “not exactly a good long-term investment.” After meeting by accident late one night, they begin a love affair filled with humor, startling intimacy, and a deep, abiding connection.
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