About A Little Love Story. Jake Entwhistle is smart and handsome, but living with a shadow over his romantic history. Janet Rossi is a bright, witty aide to the. Jake Entwhistle is smart and handsome, but living with a shadow over his romantic history. Janet Rossi is a bright, witty aide to the governor of Massachusetts. In A Little Love Story, Roland Merullo – winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the Maria Thomas Fiction Award – has created a sometimes poignant.

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There is something to learn from all of them. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. His descriptions of physical things, as well as emotional ones are humorous, real, and true.

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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest stkry. Poignant and moving without being trite or sappy. It’s like he eviscerated any other options.

If you’ve ever wasted time dwelling on the past or over planning the future this book can help show you how to be grounded and appreciative of the present. Especially when you know or think you know the basic story and outcome of the book. Often when he describes a common human emotional situation the reader is startled to recognize themselves, and to identify with the character on a level where they might otherwise have felt they were alone.

Her only hope—a lung transplant—seems a long shot. I am so glad I did. I wasn’t quite sure what to make littke the first opening chapters, but found myself eventually glued to the story. Well, as the book jacket will attest to, this relationship seems doomed from the get go. Janet Rossi is very smart and unusually pove, an aide to the governor of Massachusetts, but she suf In A Little Love StoryRoland Merullo—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the Maria Thomas Fiction Award—has created a sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious tale of attraction and loyalty, jealousy and meryllo.


Please someone explain the date range at the end? Jul 04, Annike Timmermans rated it it was amazing. In fact I am going to try some of Merullo’s other titles!!

He keeps the first person narrative spare with the hint of self-depreciation. May 03, Laura rated it really liked it. Is this atory just a family tradition or do you see it as something more meaningful?

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Nov 19, Grace rated it it riland ok. But his labors are far from over. Half way through this story, I realized I was reading the wrong book. To view it, click here. I don’t have a TV, my wonderful CD radio is on the fritz, and I don’t have a full screen, functioning, computer see the aforementioned phone – you can see where I am going here Jake is a carpenter and painter with a mother going through dementia, a monk for a brother and a junkie for a sister.

Mar 09, Dana rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found it difficult to put down.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The story itself is heartbreaking and to top it off, the ending really left me hanging.

In the s it was just marshy tidal flats, but as the city grew, the area became more valuable and marshes were filled in with thousands of tons of granite from quarries in Needham. He meets Janet after a fender-bender brings them together one night.

The surface story about two lonely people who almost seem desperate develops to expose a painful history and joy filled albeit quirky relationship in the present.

I think that Merullo is a wonderful writer and really brings his characters alive. When he meets the beautiful Janet Rossi by accident, the timing seems right to take another chance at romance. The ending probably pisses some people off: A realistic love story of two damaged strangers who meet haphazardly, and end up fighting merulo each other in the rpland dire and terminal of circumstances.

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What Roland does is show how these two characters, told from Jake’s perspective, move through certain uncertainty as they try to build a relationship. I thought that the ending was really effective too.

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A Little Love Story

Working with the basic architecture of the love story genre, Merullo—a former carpenter known for his novels about family life—breaks new ground with a fresh look at modern romance, taking liberties with the classic design, adding original lines of friendship, spirituality, and laughter, and, of course, probing the mystery litle love. Vaskis as a bribe, Jake revises it to reflect his new understanding of her courage. The last part about the donor was interesting to me as it was a bit of insight into someone I know.

The lovr was too quick to fall for a woman with a terminal illness, and too stable in those feelings. This book had a good taste of all of those. Unsentimental, without cliche, Roland Merullo’s novel goes to the heart of what it means to love someone.

Some spleen is also directed at the medical establishment in the guise of various reptilian doctors whose treatment of Janet verges on the callous or self-interested. Although some of the reviews I read equated it to Erich Segal’s “Love Story” from the 70s which I read ages ago and even saw the movieI think it has so much more to offer.

Personally, I could not be on a date with someone who was coughing so badly that they required long enough in the restroom for me to think they’ve left me mid-date and not ask a single question upon their return. One of my favorites.