Once Night Falls by Roland Merullo. Discover the synopsis, ratings and reviews, and learn more about the author.
Once Night Falls by Roland Merullo. Before we take a closer look at the book, let’s get to know the author a little bit.
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.
The author’s life
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. He has worked for many months on cultural exchange exhibits in the former USSR, and has traveled to 49 US states and across the northern hemisphere.
Roland currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife Amanda and their two daughters. He can be reached at Roland@RolandMerullo.com
About his book and more
His novel Once Night Falls (December 2019) was selected as a November pick by Amazon First Read’s editors who called the novel “Both epic and intimate in its portrayal of World War II Italy.” They continued by saying, “Merullo expertly illuminates the war’s devastation of the country and its culture. …So immediate, it plunges the reader into this harrowing time, making the story–and the chapter of history–feel intensely personal. …The book is unflinching in its portrayal of wartime turmoil. Yet heroism and hopefulness drive these characters. Once Night Falls is a page-turning, propulsive read, and the stakes are always incredibly high. But it is the characters–and the powerful lessons they bestow–that make this is a truly unforgettable story.”
Moments of Grace and Beauty: Forty Stories of Kindness, Courage, and Generosity in a Troubled World, a work of nonfiction, was also released in 2019.