Bartolomeo Di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. So when the renovation of the town cathedral is up for grabs, he hopes there is only one man for the job. From the fabric houses of New York City to the Italian Riviera, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent and the aesthetic absolute to his hometown. ...
Bartolomeo Di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. So when the renovation of the town cathedral is up for grabs, he hopes there is only one man for the job. From the fabric houses of New York City to the Italian Riviera, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent and the aesthetic absolute to his hometown. Trigiani's glittering mosaic of small town characters pop and sparkle: heir to a banking fortune, Aurelia Castone Mandelbaum, finagles a marriage proposal for her delicate daughter, Capri; Father Porporino, the pastor with a secret, does his best to keep the lid on a simmering scandal; and Christina Menecola awaits rescue from an inconsolable grief. Beauty, truth and testosterone arrive in buckets when Rufus McSherry, a strapping, handsome artisan and all-around Renaissance Man, arrives in OLOF. Along with his apprentice, Rufus does more than blow dust off the old saint statues and frescoes. He turns the town upside down, galvanizes the faithful and restores hope where there was none.
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-09-05 Playing more than a dozen reoccurring characters living in the small Italian-American town of Our Lady of Fatima, N.J., Cantone gives a wildly entertaining tour de force performance that is both hilarious and moving. Fresh from his Tony Award-winning one-man show, Laugh Whore, Cantone performs with cyclone energy and his wickedly arch comedic timing is rapier sharp. The biggest surprise is his lightning-fast ability to become different characters, keep them vocally consistent and make them funny but not ridiculous. Trigiani's novel is less plot-driven than full of outrageous and wonderful characters trying to untangle family ties. Bartolomeo di Crespi (aka "B") is an interior designer and bachelor of a certain age who is hired to renovate the local church when he's not dealing with his sister (who's having an affair with her ex-husband), his platonic fianc?, a sultry international designer (who sounds like Lauren Bacall) and a hunky artist brought onto the project. This totally satisfying experience will make listeners happy to learn that it's the first in a planned trilogy. A q&a with Trigiani at the end of disk four is a delightful bonus. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover (Reviews, May 30). (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-05-30 Bestseller Trigiani (Lucia, Lucia) offers Italian recipes, family dramas and oodles of decorating ideas (if little narrative tension) in her latest novel, a feel-good story about a New Jersey interior designer tackling his dream job. In Our Lady of Fatima, N.J., plucky narrator Bartolomeo di Crespi, aka B, reigns supreme: he can doll up an ottoman with kicky trim and sparkly crystals with the best of 'em, and he decorates all the area's best houses, including the manse belonging to the mother of his putative fianc?e, Capri Mandelbaum. (Really they're just friends, but Aurelia, Capri's mother, is certain they'll marry.) When the local church comes due for a major renovation, B gets the commission, after Father Porporino is convinced (forcibly, it's later revealed) that a tony Philadelphia firm won't do. But can B come up with a timeless yet innovative design for the church he loves? He calls in the experts-all of them sexy-takes trips to London and Italy, and benefits from a minor miracle amid a cast of family and friends who fight, fall in love, have babies and come out of the closet. While overlong and undramatic, the book still manages to soothe, in part because of its cozy design talk and in part because of the likable, competent B. (June 28) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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