Boston Globe runs a weekly pick in the book review section which I wish I could link to so I'm just going to have to steal the whole thing (can't find it after numerous searches...something must be going on with the digital department now that the Globe has switched over to its sleek new look). As keen readers of Endless Knots know, rarely does a Roland Merullo plaudit go unmentioned. Even nicer that this mentioner is a great writer (and friend):
Ellen Meeropol of Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley recommends "The Talk-Funny Girl" by Roland Merullo (Crown). The rural southwesterm Vermont setting in Merullo's new novel is rich with details about a way of life that is both out of the mainstream and worlds away from the popular cliches of rural poverty. Combined with the particular darkness of young Marjorie's family and her resilience and strength, this makes for a provocative, layered, and powerful read.