Leaving Losapas [NOOK Book]

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Leaving Losapas begins on a tiny atoll in the equatorial Pacific. Leo Markin, a young US Marine and Vietnam combat veteran who survived the war, found himself so changed by the experience that he simply could not find a way to return to his home, family, and his fiancée in a working class city of his birth outside of Boston. The islanders in Losapas are kind to him–he had been living there for years–and he had found a woman he came to love. Various events conspire to convince him to return to America, but on his ...
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Leaving Losapas

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Overview

Leaving Losapas begins on a tiny atoll in the equatorial Pacific. Leo Markin, a young US Marine and Vietnam combat veteran who survived the war, found himself so changed by the experience that he simply could not find a way to return to his home, family, and his fiancée in a working class city of his birth outside of Boston. The islanders in Losapas are kind to him–he had been living there for years–and he had found a woman he came to love. Various events conspire to convince him to return to America, but on his return home he feels lost. He has troubling encounters with his aging father, finds that his fiancée has married another man and appears trapped in an abusive relationship, and his old friends seem like strangers to him. Leo is torn between the peaceful, natural way of life on the island, and the rougher rules of his upbringing. In the end, though he has sworn to turn his back on physical violence, it is an act of physical violence that convinces him the only place he can live is Losapas. When his father suddenly dies, Leo decides to leave the house he inherits to his former fiancée–thus encouraging her to leave her husband–and he returns to the life he left behind and to his island lover.
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Editorial Reviews

Robert Stone
“Leaving Losapas is a great achievement. Its language is poetic and psychologically precise, and its characters thoroughly imagined and complex. Merullo is a writer of great talent... His first novel is surely the debut of the year.”
Publishers Weekly
"Merullo's beautifully realized first novel focuses on an ex-Marine, tortured by his memories of Vietnam, who must choose between his adopted Micronesian island home of Losapas and the Boston suburb where he grew up….What truly is his home?... The author handles these themes with expert care, and without a trace of mawkishness.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Dazzling... thoughtful and elegant... lyrical yet tough-minded... beautifully written, quietly brilliant.“
Boston Herald
“Compelling...beautifully realized...shines with power and magic.”
Boston Magazine
“A great, surprising book... The best novel of the year.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012315151
  • Publisher: AJAR Contemporaries
  • Publication date: 3/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 1,185,248
  • File size: 421 KB

Meet the Author

Roland Merullo is the author of twelve books, including In Revere, In Those Days, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, and Breakfast with Buddha, nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Lit-erary Award. His new novel, The Talk-Funny Girl will be published in summer 2011. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.
For more information, visit www.rolandmerullo.com
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