"In the searing tradition of "Bastard out of Carolina" and "Ellen Foster"... Merullo not only displays an inventive use of language in creating the Richards' strange dialect but also delivers a triumphant story of one lonely girl's resilience."--"Booklist
"Roland Merullo's book, "The Talk-Funny Girl", takes place in the gritty real world, but is rooted in a mythic world. I loved the inventiveness, the bits of unusual language, the heart-wrenching story, and the remarkable portrait of a troubled but gutsy girl who battles her way toward happiness. One of the best novels I have ever read. A book for the ages."--Anita Shreve, author of "Rescue
"Roland Merullo has created not just a unique voice but a unique language for seventeen-year-old Marjorie Richards, but what makes "The Talk-Funny Girl" unforgettable is its young heroine's refusal to succumb to the evil that surrounds her. What a brilliant, great-hearted novel this is."--Ron Rash, author of "Serena" and "Burning Bright"
"Captivating...[Merullo] is adept at creating suspense, planting credible red herrings, and finally spilling the truth at just the right moment...in a breathless, stunning climax that feels both surprising and inevitable." - "Boston Globe"show more