Vatican Waltz

Vatican Waltz

by Roland Merullo


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The new novel from the award-winning author of Breakfast with Buddha and Revere Beach Boulevard tells the story of a young Catholic woman jolted from a quietly devout life in pursuit of a mysterious calling.
Cynthia Piantedosi lives a quiet, unassuming life outside of Boston, guided by her Catholic faith. When she loses her beloved grandmother, she begins experiencing “spells” of such intense spiritual intimacy that she wonders about her sanity. Devoted to her elderly father and not particularly interested in dating and socializing, she develops a deep friendship with her parish priest. His congregation sees him as provocative and radical, but he encourages Cynthia to explore her faith—however it presents itself. 

When he is killed in a mysterious accident, a message begins to emerge from Cynthia’s prayers: God is calling her to be the first female Catholic priest. Her revelation is met with ridicule by certain of the more reactionary officials she reaches out to within the Church. Unable to tune out the divine messages, she lets the power of unswerving faith drive her all the way to the Vatican in pursuit of a destiny she doesn’t fully understand—and a turn of events that will inevitably bring long overdue change to the Catholic Church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307452955
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Roland Merullo is the acclaimed author of fifteen previous books, including Revere Beach Boulevard, Golfing with God, and Breakfast with Buddha. Merullo’s work has been translated into German, Spanish, Korean, and Croatian, and he has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Awards in both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

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Vatican Waltz 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
60143pbr More than 1 year ago
Though the beginning of the book held some promise - religious but normal young woman who is really tuned to God - and then she goes off to Vatican City, the ending was simply preposterous, very much of a let down. Sorry to say but that is my opinion which is what you asked for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I've loved everyone of Merrulo's books so far. He does a stunning job of describing contemplative prayer, in the context of the novel. A wonderful complement to spiritual writers.
MiracleMP More than 1 year ago
This was in some ways a daring book, and I liked it. Since Catholic Doctrine is unchanging, the book was a page turner because I kept wondering what would happen. The end of the story made it worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the clear writing and pace of this spiritual but not overtly religious novel. Merullo inhabits the persona of a young girl who aspires to a religious life but stymied by church dogma. A very good read.