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Lucia, Luciaby Adriana Trigiani
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It is 1950 in glittering, vibrant New York City. Lucia Sartori is the beautiful twenty-five-year-old daughter of a prosperous Italian grocer in Greenwich Village. The postwar boom is ripe with opportunities for talented girls with ambition, and Lucia becomes an apprentice to an up-and-coming designer at chic B. Altman's department store on Fifth Avenue. Engaged to her childhood sweetheart, the steadfast Dante DeMartino, Lucia is torn when she meets a handsome stranger who promises a life of uptown luxury that career girls like her only read about in the society pages. Forced to choose between duty to her family and her own dreams, Lucia finds herself in the midst of a sizzling scandal in which secrets are revealed, her beloved career is jeopardized, and the Sartoris' honor is tested.
"This heartwarming tale is full of lessons about taking risks in life and love." Cosmopolitan
"[A] riveting story, a believable protagonist....
"Delightfully quirky...chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists." People
"Everything that really matters is here: humor, romance, wisdom, and drama." The Dallas Morning News
"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." Publishers Weekly
"More like a big, sloppy wet kiss to Greenwich Village than anything as mundane and unromantic as a novel....Silly but romantic stuff, written in a state of never-ending swoon." Kirkus Reviews
"Fast-moving, funny, visual, and moving....A vibrant, loving, wistful portrait of a lost time and place. Every page is engrossing and begs us to read the next." Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A highly diverting if massively flawed poolside page-turner....Lucia, Lucia should soar. Instead, it eventually sinks under the weight of its own hubris." Tim O'Reilly, Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram
"Trigiani does a wonderful job evoking Lucia's beloved, homey Greenwich Village and the couture-clad Upper East Side....But the characters, hampered by largely one-note personalities, remain sketches." J.L. Johnson, Boston Herald
"Trigiani offers an inviting picture of Italian family life as well as a finely detailed appreciation of Old World craftsmanship, whether it be clothing or cooking." Booklist
"[T]here's something strangely refreshing in picking up a book about a Katherine Gibbs graduate...and wondering what she'll wear to the Club Room at the Waldorf-Astoria on New Year's Eve." Dorothea Straus, Baltimore Sun
"[A]n easy-flowing, low-maintenance, convenient novel....Much like the new dresses that flowed into B. Altman's, no complicated pleats, tucks or padding are found here. It's as predicable as the trusty black dress." Ana Caban, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Trigiani's writing is as dazzling as Lucia's dresses." USA Today
"[An] enchanting new novel....A testament to the power of familial love and friendship....Perhaps [this] is Trigiani's greatest gift to her reader: the recognition that devotion, loyalty, and forgiveness will ultimately win the day." BookPage
"This is your perfect summer read. Trust us. Put a good reading light on in your backyard...and read your little heart out, deep into the night." Millbrook Voice Ledger (NY)
"Once Lucia gets going, her compelling story — not to mention the decadent descriptions of high-society fashion and her family's Italian cooking — makes for a breezy read. (Grade: B-)" Entertainment Weekly
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.
About the Author
Adriana Trigiani grew up in Virginia and now lives in New York City with her husband. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. She is currently at work on the film version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap, for which she wrote the screenplay and which she will also direct.
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