Roland Merullo, author of Lunch with Buddha, on tour November/December 2012

Posted By on October 16, 2012

About Lunch with Buddha

Paperback – 392 pages

Publisher: AJAR Contemporaries (November 13, 2012)

On the surface, Lunch with Buddha is a story about family.  Otto Ringling and his sister Cecelia could not be more different.   He’s just turned 50, an editor of food books at a prestigious New York publishing house, a man with a nice home in the suburbs, children he adores, and a sense of himself as being a mainstream, upper-middle-class American.  Cecelia is the last thing from mainstream.  For two decades she’s made a living reading palms and performing past-life regressions.  She believes firmly in our ability to communicate with those who have passed on.
It will turn out, though, that they have more in common than just their North Dakota roots.
In Lunch with Buddha, when Otto faces what might be the greatest of life’s difficulties, it is Cecelia who knows how to help him.   As she did years earlier in this book’s predecessor, Breakfast with Buddha, she arranges for her brother to travel with Volya Rinpoche, a famous spiritual teacher — who now also happens to be her husband.

Praise for Breakfast with Buddha

“There are two journeys here, and the significant journey is not measured in miles, but in awareness; we know that it is not only the passing scenery out the window we should attend to, but to Otto’s inner landscape as well . . .” —John Dufresne, The Boston Globe 

“Spiritual odysseys are seldom filled with baseball games, miniature golf, Mexican food and belly laughs; this one is the exception.” — Valerie Ryan, The Seattle Times

Learn more about Lunch with Buddha at the book’s website,


About Roland Merullo

Roland Merullo is an awarding-winning author of 14 books including 10 works of fiction. Breakfast with Buddha, a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, is now in its 14th printing. The Talk-Funny Girl was a 2012 ALEX Award Winner and named a “Must Read for 2012” by the Massachusetts Library Association and the Massachusetts Center for the Book; Revere Beach Boulevard was named one of the “Top 100 Essential Books of New England” by The Boston Globe, A Little Love Story was named one of “Ten Wonderful Romance Novels” by Good Housekeeping and Revere Beach Elegy won the Massachusetts Book Award for non fiction.

A former writer in residence at North Shore Community College and Miami Dade Colleges, and professor of Creative Writing at Bennington and Amherst Colleges, Merullo has been a guest speaker at many literary events and venues and a faculty member at MFA programs and several writers’ conferences. His essays have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Newsweek, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His books have been translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Croatian.

Roland Merullo lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.

For additional information, please visit Mr. Merullo’s website,

Roland Merullo’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, November 13th:  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Author Q&A

Friday, November 16th:  Mom in Love with Fiction

Monday, November 19th:  Dwell in Possibility

Tuesday, November 20th:  Lavish Bookshelf

Wednesday, November 21st:  Patricia’s Wisdom

Monday, November 26th:  Minding Spot

Tuesday, November 27th:  Write, Meg!

Wednesday, November 28th:  Bibliophiliac

Thursday, November 29th:  Suko’s Notebook

Friday, November 30th:  She Treads Softly

Monday, December 3rd:  Erin Reads

Tuesday, December 4th:  Fiction Addict

Thursday, December 6th:  Book Club Classics!

Friday, December 7th:  Bibliosue

Wednesday, December 12th:  Stiletto Storytime


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