Brava Adriana 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.