Roland Merullo is the author of the Revere Beach trilogy, A LITTLE LOVE STORY, GOLFING WITH GOD and BREAKFAST WITH BUDDHA. A graduate of Brown University, he lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
DINNER WITH BUDDHA takes us along on an path to self-discovery with two men whose lives seem to be forever entwined. In Roland Merullo’s BREAKFAST WITH BUDDHA, an inveterate skeptic and a world-renowned spiritual master set off across America. Now, some eight years later, the world has spun a few times, and what had been certainties in both men’s lives have proved fleeting. Otto’s future is less than clear after the death of his wife, the departure of his children to make their own lives, and the loss of the only remaining structure in his life --- his long-held job. For Rinpoche, the changes have been less daunting but nonetheless dramatic, as the encroachment of both technology and daily society threaten the solitude and peace of his North Dakota retreat, and he has been forced to acknowledge (as other good and intelligent people have) that his mysteriously gifted young daughter may be the next Dalai Lama.
Cynthia Piantedosi lives a quiet, unassuming life outside of Boston, guided by her Catholic faith. Devoted to her elderly father and not particularly interested in dating and socializing, she develops a deep friendship with her parish priest, who encourages her to explore her faith. 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.
In one of the poorest parts of rural New Hampshire, teenage girls have been disappearing, snatched from back country roads, never to be seen alive again. For seventeen-year-old Marjorie Richards, the fear raised by these abductions is the backdrop to what she lives with her own home, every day.