Revere Beach Boulevard [NOOK Book]

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A novel both literary and suspenseful, Revere Beach Boulevard tells the story of a family that rallies around an errant son, even as a long-hidden secret that has touched all their lives comes to the surface. Peter Imbesalacqua has bent the rules and battled a gambling addiction for most of his adult life. Now, his real-estate business in shambles and his life in danger because of an unpaid debt, he spins at the center of a hurricane of love and risk. His parents, sister, and friends, all carrying their own ...
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Revere Beach Boulevard

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Overview

A novel both literary and suspenseful, Revere Beach Boulevard tells the story of a family that rallies around an errant son, even as a long-hidden secret that has touched all their lives comes to the surface. Peter Imbesalacqua has bent the rules and battled a gambling addiction for most of his adult life. Now, his real-estate business in shambles and his life in danger because of an unpaid debt, he spins at the center of a hurricane of love and risk. His parents, sister, and friends, all carrying their own secrets, find themselves drawn into the terrifying storm, each trying to do for Peter what he must ultimately do—or fail to do—for himself. Revere Beach Boulevard is a rich and heartfelt novel that looks deeply into the secret places in men's and women's hearts, places only great fiction can reveal.
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Editorial Reviews

Richard Russo
“It's a great novel—ambitious, heartfelt, generous, and oh-so-skilled."
Berkshire Eagle
“…a vividly wrought, tightly plotted, gripping work of imagination and suspense that draws immense power from its narrative veri-similitude and sense of place.”
Booklist Booklist
"The real gift here is Merullo's unerring ear, not only for the cadences of Italian American speech but for the textures that those speech patterns reveal, including faith, fatalism, the keeping of secrets, and care for what is on the table and who is around it.”
Washington Post Book World
"Merullo invents a world that mirrors our world in all of its mystery. And he does it in language so happily inventive and precise and musical, and plots it so masterfully, that you are reluctant to emerge from his literary dream."
Dallas Morning News
“A book so full of heart that pages almost pulse with it. Roland Merullo creates a family of flesh and blood and deep feelings."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012243812
  • Publisher: AJAR Contemporaries
  • Publication date: 3/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 450,073
  • File size: 484 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 Literary 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    Revere Beach Boulevard

    The coastal suburb of Revere is only a 20 minute subway ride north from Boston but it is a world of its own,with old residents molded by its ways and newcomers striving for a better life in America and both groups struggling to understand one another as they get on with their lives. This working class community provides the setting for author Roland Merullo's exploration of the human heart and the forces that bind family members to one another and long time residents to a particular place. The elements of good literature and surprisingly, a 'noirish' crime drama are combined in a way that reminds me of the skilled, stylized, 1940's Hollywood treatments of unlucky people fated to play out the steps, predetermined by fate, that would inevitably lead to their doom or deliverance in a shadowy black and white world,indifferent to their trouble. In this novel, Peter Imbesalacqua, the son of the family whose lives provide the framework of the story, is the main protagonist. At the age of 40 he has reached a crossroads of life where past mistakes and bad luck combine to provide a four day trial by ordeal which he must either confront or lose all that he holds dear. The story is chronicled by an elderly priest, a friend of Peter's father, who resides in the community and is familiar with all of the players. The story is not resolved until the very end, one of the best treatments of suspense, outside the genre, that I've come across. I recommend the book as a 'good read.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    Revere Beach Boulevard

    I found this novel to be one of the better works that attempt to search the human heart and determine the often unknowable motivations for personal behavior. The bonds of family and community are rendered visible and shown to be among nature's strongest forces. The book combines the elements of literature, crime/drama and suspense for a wothwhile read. I look forward to the forthcoming completion of the planned 'Revere Trilogy.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2000

    Loved it

    I couldn't put this one down. Growing up in the Massachusetts area, these characters were familiar and believable to me.

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