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Heartbreaking in places, hilarious in others, Lunch with Buddha takes listeners on a quintessentially American road trip across the Northwest. That outer journey, complete with good and bad meals, various outdoor adventures, and an amusing cast of quirky characters, mirrors a more interior journey—a quest for meaning in the hectic routine of modern life.

A novel about family, open-minded spirituality, and the American road, Lunch with Buddha accompanies the characters from Breakfast with Buddha as they move further along the path toward lasting peace of mind. Facing one of life’s greatest emotional challenges, Otto Ringling takes comfort in a loving family and offbeat lessons from the eccentric spiritual teacher Volya Rinpoche. Lunch with Buddha offers a fresh and engaging perspective on the life we live now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Although Volya’s wise lectures are helpful to Otto’s search for answers, it is the variety of people they meet and the attitudes [they] carry that are what provide Otto with the evidence and reminders and motivation to decide to live a certain way.”

    Salem News (Massachusetts)

  • “Alternately hilarious and poignant…A moving yet entertaining and never histrionic account of how an ordinary American family—with a few extraordinary members in its ranks—deals with the overwhelming grief of losing one of their own.”

    Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

  • “As we move through life, we search for the little explanations of life and living and making it all come together for us…Lunch with Buddha will ring true with many readers. Highly recommended.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Merullo offers readers a hero that’s a bit jaded but loving; a little lost but searching…A quiet meditation on life, death, darkness and spirituality, sprinkled with humor, tenderness and stunning landscapes.” -

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  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013
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