Synopses & Reviews
Fore, bella! From the author of critically acclaimed Golfing with God comes a charming narrative of a hole-in-one trip through Italy -- a glorious summer of golfing, eating, and learning how to slow down and enjoy life.
In the summer of 2007, Roland Merullo was feeling a little burnt out by the frantic pace of his life in the United States and decided to rent an Italian villa near the shore of Lake Como. He arrived in Italy with his wife and two young daughters, hoping the Mediterranean air would teach him to appreciatethe more relaxed, Italian way of living: a focus on food, family, and fun. An avid golfer and golf writer, Merullo also set out to enjoy one of Italy's lesser-known treasures: excellent golf on some gorgeous courses.
With his customary wit, keen eye, and down-to-earth style, Merullo shares this fascinating account of his summer in Italy, offering detailed and often humorous descriptions of wonderful meals, colorful characters, rounds of golf at some of the most beautiful courses in Europe, and precious time spent with family. The Italian Summer brings to life the myriad joys of Italian existence in a way that all lovers of food, wine, travel, and the proverbial "good walk spoiled" will savor.
"In the summer of 2007, novelist and golf fanatic Merullo (Golfing with God; Revere Beach Elegy) set off with his family in search of the slower ways of life on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Interspersing descriptions of various rounds of golf with trips to local restaurants and taverns, Merullo attempts to capture the sights, smells and sounds of the Italian and Swiss countryside. He recalls some of the characters that he and his family met that summer, such as Harold Lubberdink, real estate agent, who swept the family under his wing, leading them through various nooks and crannies of their temporary home country. Merullo takes readers on a harrowing journey through winding mountain roads in search of a perfect meal in a restaurant called La Baita. Finally, he tries to incorporate the slower pace of living into his own life, but finds it almost impossible. Part travel guide, part memoir, Merullo attempts to offer meditations on the richness of a life lived more slowly with good food and good company, but succeeds at little more than his frantic attempts to find a few good golf courses far away from home." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"After reading Roland Merullo's delightful The Italian Summer, I found myself daydreaming of emulating his magical summer abroad with golf clubs in tow. Life is too short not to savor its delights. Pour a glass of vino, find an easy chair, and enjoy a splendid tale of golf, food, and life in the peaceful lane, Italian style." -- David Wood, author of Around the World in 80 Rounds
"What an enjoyable read -- you will want to immediately leave for a golfing vacation in Italy!" -- Dr. Bob Rotella, author of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect
"[The Italian Summer] recalls Calvin Trillin in its casual tone, good humor, affable interactions with family, and everyman's love of regional food and wine." -- Booklist
About the Author
Roland Merullo was born in Boston and raised in the working-class city of Revere, Massachusetts. He had a scholarship to Exeter Academy and graduated in 1971, went to Boston University for two years, transferred to Brown and graduated from Brown in 1975, then earned a Master's there in 1976. Roland has published seven novels and two books of non-fiction, and he and his family have traveled to Italy eight times in the past twelve years. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife Amanda and their two daughters, Alexandra and Juliana.