A Little Love Story: A Novel by Roland Merullo

By Roland Merullo

Jake Entwhistle is sensible and good-looking, yet residing with a shadow over his romantic historical past. Janet Rossi is a brilliant, witty aide to the governor of Massachusetts, yet Janet suffers from an disorder that makes her, as she places it, 'not precisely a superb long term investment.' After assembly by chance overdue one evening, they start a love affair full of humor, startling intimacy, and a deep, abiding connection.

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Carol shook her neat red-haired shampoo-commercial head, not turning from her wiping. " "Okay," Joanna said. " She spoke to Barbara Chamalian, on the other side of the Van Sants. "Thanks, but I don't see how I could manage it," Barbara said. She was a square-jawed brownhaired woman, in a snug pink dress molding an exceptionally good figure. "Lloyd stays in town a lot," she said, "and the evenings he doesn't, he Ekes to go to the Men's Association. I'd hate to pay a sitter for just-" "It could be during school hours," Joanna said.

No, she didn't know how it was, thank God. Not to be like that, a compulsive hausfrau. Who could blame Ted for taking advantage of such an asking-to-be-exploited patsy? She could blame him, that's who. Walter came out of the house in a light jacket. "I don't think I'll be i-nore than an hour or so," he said. "That Carol Van Sant is not to be believed," she said. "She can't come over for a cup of coffee because she has to wax the family-room floor. " "Jesus," Walter said, shaking his head. " He laughed.

Sitting in his chair (next to still-watching-the-ceiling Dale Coba), he was pecking with a blue pen at a notebook on his dapper- striped knee, looking at her and looking at his pecking. Ike Mazzard! Sketching her! The men had fallen silent. They looked into their drinks, swirled their ice cubes. " "Every girl's an Ike Mazzard girl," Mazzard said, and smiled at her and smiled at his pecking. She looked to Walter; he smiled embarrassedly and shrugged. She looked at Mazzard again, and-not moving her head -at the other men.

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