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Breakfast with Buddha : a novel
Roland Merullo
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EC Was Here said:
This is a really enjoyable, illuminating book that cries out to become an indie movie. Otto Ringling (no circus jokes) is an editor living in Bronxville, NY and hails from North Dakota, where his hard working, Protestant farmer parents are killed in a car crash when a blue truck runs a stop sign. Called on to settle the estate, he realizes the farm land is among the richest in North Dakota and the amounts, along with the issue of the ancestral home will require serious conversations with his his kooky sister Cecelia who is a Tarot card reader in Paterson, NJ. Very happily married with two well adjusted children, the death of his parents and a non-specific uneasiness about his over scheduled life starts to creep in as he decides to drive out to North Dakota with his sister to settle the estate. His sister, accidentally it seems but quite deliberately, backs out of the trip at the last second and instead asks Otto to drive out with Volya Rinpoche, a monk from the far reaches of ethnic Russia with Tibetan ties. The book is essentially about the car trip from Paterson to North Dakota. Volya, with the non-trying skills of a spiritual master, opens Otto’s eyes to what’s missing in his life. Otto shows Volya ,This is a really enjoyable, illuminating book that cries out to become an indie movie. Otto Ringling (no circus jokes) is an editor living in Bronxville, NY and hails from North Dakota, where his hard working, Protestant farmer parents are killed in a car crash when a blue truck runs a stop sign. Called on to settle the estate, he realizes the farm land is among the richest in North Dakota and the amounts, along with the issue of the ancestral home will require serious conversations with his his kooky sister Cecelia who is a Tarot card reader in Paterson, NJ. Very happily married with two well adjusted children, the death of his parents and a non-specific uneasiness about his over scheduled life starts to creep in as he decides to drive out to North Dakota with his sister to settle the estate. His sister, accidentally it seems but quite deliberately, backs out of the trip at the last second and instead asks Otto to drive out with Volya Rinpoche, a monk from the far reaches of ethnic Russia with Tibetan ties. The book is essentially about the car trip from Paterson to North Dakota. Volya, with the non-trying skills of a spiritual master, opens Otto’s eyes to what’s missing in his life. Otto shows Volya
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main characters Otto Ringling
Male
Married
Straightlaced; publishing executive; parents were killed recently in a car accident; wants to sell the family farm; takes a road trip with a Mongolian moknk.

Cecilia Ringling
Female
Otto's sister; does tarot readings; wants to turn her parents' farm into a retreat; convinces her brother to take her guru for sa road trip through the Midwest.



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