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[Read by Cassandra Campbell] The new novel from the award-winning author of Golfing with God and Revere Beach Boulevard is the story of a young Catholic woman jolted from a quietly devout life in Boston by a miraculous call to action. Cynthia Piantedosi lives a quiet, unassuming life with her elderly father just outside of Boston. When she loses her beloved grandmother as a child, her faith takes a turn for the devout, and she begins experiencing what she describes as ''spells'' - moments of such intense prayer that she loses herself. Uninterested in boys and a social life, she develops a deep friendship with the parish priest, whose ideas are often seen as too provocative by his congregation but who encourages her to explore her spells. When he dies in a suspicious hit-and-run accident, the spells intensify, and their message begins to take shape: God is asking her to be the first female Catholic priest.

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Roland Merullo

Roland Merullo is the author of twenty-two books of fiction and non-fiction, that range from suspense novels (Fidel's Last Days, A Russian Requiem, Revere Beach Boulevard, The Return) to love stories (A Little Love Story, The Talk-Funny Girl, Leaving Losapas) to golf and travel books (Golfing with God, Passion for Golf, The Italian Summer, Taking the Kids to Italy) to humorous spiritual road trips (Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha, Dinner with Buddha, The Delight of Being Ordinary, Golfing with God, American Savior) . His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and been translated across the globe, from China to Brazil,from Korea to Croatia, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards (see below) .

Much in demand as a speaker, Merullo has given informal talks, commencement, and convocation speeches at colleges and universities in New England, California, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Nebraska, as well as at open-minded churches of various denominations and hundreds of libraries, schools, and community organizations.

His latest novel, The Delight of Being Ordinary, will be published by Doubleday on April 11, 2017. It's another humorous story decorated with some serious philosophical/spiritual considerations, and features the Pope and Dalai Lama making an unauthorized road trip around Italy in disguise. This book just received a glowing starred review from Kirkus Reviews. (review below*)

Merullo was born in Boston and raised in the working-class city of Revere, Massachusetts. He had a scholarship to Exeter Academy and graduated in 1971, attended Boston University for two years, transferred to Brown and graduated from Brown in 1975, then earned a Master's there--in Russian Studies-- in 1976. He's been a carpenter, a cab driver, a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia, a college professor, worked for many months on cultural exchange exhibits in the former USSR, and he's traveled to 49 US states and across the northern hemisphere. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife Amanda and their two daughters. He can be reached at Roland@RolandMerullo.com.

His many awards and prizes include:

Massachusetts Book Award in Non-Fiction--Revere Beach Elegy
Nomination for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award--Breakfast with Buddha
Massachusetts Book Honor Award in Fiction--American Savior
One of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2013 (religious subjects) ---Vatican Waltz
American Library Association Alex Award----The Talk-Funny Girl
Boston Globe's 100 Essential Books of New England--Revere Beach Boulevard
Finalist LL Winship/PEN New England Prize--Revere Beach Boulevard
Booklist Editors Choice--In Revere, In Those Days
Maria Thomas Fiction Prize for Year's Best Novel by a former Peace Corps Volunteer--In Revere, In Those Days
Kirkus Reviews "Best

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