In Revere Beach Elegy, Roland Merullo reflects on family, friends and a series of experiences that include a stint in the Peace Corps, service in the former Soviet Union, and excursions to Europe. The author shares his spiritual, intellectual and emotional discoveries along the way, writing about his relationship with his father, his working class upbringing and upper class education, the early years of his marriage, and the gift of children. From a severe eye injury and a broken back, to the joys of Italian ...
In Revere Beach Elegy, Roland Merullo reflects on family, friends and a series of experiences that include a stint in the Peace Corps, service in the former Soviet Union, and excursions to Europe. The author shares his spiritual, intellectual and emotional discoveries along the way, writing about his relationship with his father, his working class upbringing and upper class education, the early years of his marriage, and the gift of children. From a severe eye injury and a broken back, to the joys of Italian travel and friendship, from poverty to abundance, adolescence to middle age, Merullo paints a life that is rich with adventure and insight.
The book is beautifully written…It can be read quickly, but I found myself slowing down to enjoy Merullo’s prose and to reflect on his ideas.
Sentimentality is cheap. Real emotions are difficult to render. Memoirists walk a tightrope between sentimentality and simple feeling. What gives Revere Beach Elegy its vitality and ‘worth’ is the author’s taut prose and his fearlessness to run across that tightrope.
…sublimely refreshing in its love and generosity. Merullo's prose has a luminous subtlety that brings alive rich layers of feeling in an immediate, intelligible manner...He has also thought long and hard about where he came from, where he ended up and what his move from one social class into another has cost him and gained him. Add to that the low-key spiritual transition that informs the book…and you have something very special indeed.
[Merullo’s] story is a smart and moving meditation on social class, boundaries and mobility. It's a story about fathers and sons and ambitions passed down through the generations -- and much more… And it all ends up worthwhile in Merullo's telling, the thrilling and the mundane, the maddening and the sweet. And through it all, he's figuring himself out and -- as a father, husband and worker -- gaining a finer appreciation of the father he'd always loved but continued to learn from.
Roland Merullo was born in Boston, Massachusetts and brought up in Revere, a working-class Italian American community located five miles from downtown Boston. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH and Brown University, where he also earned a Master's in Russian Language and Literature the following year. At various points in his life, he has worked in a parking garage, for the United States Information Agency in the former Soviet Union and served in the Peace Corps in Micronesia. Merullo was also a carpenter, and taught creative writing and literature at Bennington and Amherst Colleges.
Merullo’s nine published novels, include Fidel's Last Days , Golfing with God , A Little Love Story , and A Russian Requiem. His In Revere, In Those Days was a Booklist Editors' Choice and a Maria Thomas Award winner, and his Revere Beach Boulevard was finalist for the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Prize. Breakfast with Buddha was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC International Literary Award and American Savior won the Honor Award in fiction from the Massachusetts Center for the Book, while Leaving Losapas is currently optioned for film rights by John Turturro.
Merullo's nonfiction writing includes Revere Beach Elegy, a memoir that won the Massachusetts Book Award for Non-Fiction, and the travel book The Italian Summer. His new novel, The Talk-Funny Girl, will be released in Summer 2011. Merullo’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Outside Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Newsweek, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, Boston Magazine, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, Travel and Leisure Golf, Links, Golf Magazine, Golf World, Forbes FYI, AGNI, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His writing has been reviewed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dallas Morning News, Newsday, People Magazine, O Magazine, and by dozens of other newspapers, magazines, internet sites and radio and TV stations. His books have been translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Korean.
He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters. For more information, please visit www.rolandmerullo.com.