Trigiani transports readers to magical 1950s New York in this deeply compelling story of a charismatic young woman who falls in love with a man who rocks the foundations of her family, and ultimately changes the entire course of her life.Trigiani transports readers to magical 1950s New York in this deeply compelling story of a charismatic young woman who falls in love with a man who rocks the foundations of her family, and ultimately changes the entire course of her life.Read Less
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I really, really LOVED this book. If you are Italian you will love it too.There is so much to relate to. A wonderful story of a young woman, and her family, who stood up for what she wanted in life and didn't cave to what was expected of her.
Mar 21, 2013
Another of Trigiani's well written books. Was sad when it ended. All the characters seemed so real you thought you knew each and every one of them.
Apr 26, 2009
I enjoyed reading this book for I am no stranger to much of the dynamics of the characters in this story.
Adriana Trigiani knows how to paint a picture with words and the scenes where quite vivid with the reading so much so, I could almost smell the perfume of the air or the food in the pot!
The characters and how they functioned within this Italian family are what I recall for the time and between our immagrant family members, neighbors and friends. We all had our family conduct styles and traditions depending on the region and province of Italy our families came from so the finer points in this story were nicely and universally depicted.
For me there were a few scenes that slowed the story down. Although the pages leading up to Lucia's wedding day were animated the outcome was very predictable. I would have liked more tension and less build up between the characters at this part of the story.
All in all I enjoyed this book and will read more of Adriana Trigiani's writing.
Oct 19, 2008
Trigiani pulls the reader in with wonderful details. New York City in the 50's, a strong woman of independent means, fabulous clothes, handsome and dashing men, and love. You can find it all in this book.
Jun 22, 2007
as with all of Adriana's works this was also a great read. She is wonderful
Publishers Weekly, 2003-09-01 In 1950 Greenwich Village, 25-year-old Lucia has it all: a warm and loving Italian family, a papa with a successful grocery business, an engagement ring from her childhood sweetheart, and best of all, a career she loves as a seamstress and apprentice to a talented dress designer at B. Altman's department store. When Lucia meets a rich, handsome businessman whose ambitions for a luxurious uptown lifestyle match her own, her goals for her future soar even higher. Over the next two years, however, her dreams gradually unravel. Sorvino is well-cast as the narrator of Trigiani's (Milk Glass Moon) first-person tale. She ably conveys the confidence, eagerness, and romantic yearnings of youth, as well as the guilt Lucia suffers when she disappoints her loved ones. Sorvino is also adept at providing voices for a large cast of characters: the rich Italian accent of Lucia's father, the scolding tone of her mother, the shy voice of her sister-in-law and the smooth, movie-star tones of the rich stranger Lucia pins her hopes on. This is an engaging, well-told tale about life's unexpected twists and turns, the ways that even small choices have large repercussions and the hopeful notion that sometimes, when you least expect it, you can find happiness. Simultaneous release with the Random hardcover (Forecasts, July 7). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-07 Greenwich Village is a far cry from the rural Virginia of Trigiani's best-selling trilogy (Big Stone Gap; Big Cherry Holler; Milk Glass Moon), but the emotional terrain covered in the author's first novel is warmly familiar. Poignant and feeling, it looks back on the experiences of the beautiful daughter of an Italian-American family in Greenwich Village in the early '50s. Kit Zanetti, a young playwright in present-day New York, accepts an invitation to the apartment of "Aunt Lu," as she is known in their building. Aunt Lu on first glance is an eccentric lady in her 70s who trails around in a fur. Once Kit can be bothered to listen, however, she finds out that Aunt Lu was once the most beautiful girl in Greenwich Village, Lucia Sartori, an intelligent and ambitious seamstress in the custom department at B. Altman's, who's determined not to let the traditions of her loving family lock her into the patterns of the past. When her impending marriage to childhood sweetheart Dante threatens just that, she refuses him, startling her beloved family. Then, fatefully, she meets the dapper John Talbot, who seems the man of her dreams, even draping her in full-length mink, and she ignores the signs that he is trouble and plans marriage. Jilted on her wedding day, Lucia finds out that he is a con man. Despite her pain, she decides to go to California to follow her dream, but when her mother falls ill she does exactly what she was trying to avoid: she becomes the maiden aunt and caretaker of the Sartori clan. Will some well-meant meddling by Kit disarray Lucia's carefully controlled life? This old-fashioned drama wears its heart on its sleeve-subtlety is not its strong suit-but readers will laugh with and weep for Lucia and her lost dreams. 10-city author tour. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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