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Rococo: A Novel

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New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her humor, warmth, and captivating storytelling in the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia, takes on love, lust, tricky family dynamics, and home decorating in Rococo, the uproarious tale of a small Italian American town poised for a makeover it never expected.

Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. To date, Bartolomeo has hand-selected every chandelier, sconce, and ottoman in OLOF, so when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man for the job.

From the dazzling shores of New Jersey to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to luscious Santa Margherita on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent, sophistication, and his aesthetic vision to his hometown.

Trigiani’s glittering mosaic of small-town characters sparkles: Bartolomeo’s hilarious sister, Toot, is in desperate need of a postdivorce transformation–thirteen years after the fact; “The Benefactor,” Aurelia Mandelbaum, the richest woman in New Jersey, has a lust for French interiors and a long-held hope that Bartolomeo will marry her myopic daughter, Capri; Father Porporino, the pastor with a secret, does his best to keep a lid on a simmering scandal; and Eydie Von Gunne, the chic international designer, steps in and changes the course of Bartolomeo’s creative life, while his confidante, cousin Christina Menecola, awaits rescue from an inconsolable grief.

Plaster of Paris, polished marble, and unbridled testosterone arrive in buckets when Bartolomeo recruits Rufus McSherry, a strapping, handsome artist, and Pedro Allercon, a stained-glass artisan, to work with him on the church’s interior. Together, the three of them will do more than blow the dust off the old Fatima frescoes–they will turn the town upside down, challenge the faithful, and restore hope where there once was none.

Brilliantly funny and as fanciful as flocked wallpaper, filled with glamorous locales from New Jersey to Europe, from Sunday Mass to the American Society of Interior Designers soirée at the Plaza Hotel, Rococo is Trigiani’s masterpiece, a classic comedy with a heart of gold leaf.

"A veritable crazy quilt of quirky Italian Americans ... Trigiani weaves all these subplots together with wonderful ease; every seam is perfectly straight, every pleat in place. Bartolomeo would expect no less. A-." — Entertainment Weekly

"Clever ... Creating characters so lively they bounce off the page and possessing a wit so subtle that even the best jokes seem effortless, Trigiani is a master storyteller. Equal parts sass and silliness, Rococo is an artfully designed tale with enough brio to make Frank Gehry proud."-- People

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

The arrival of Rufus McSherry, a handsome painter, who arrives in a New Jersey town at the behest of Bartolomeo di Crespi, an interior decorator assigned to the Our Lady of Fatima church, breathes new life into the old church but also the women of the town and the town's devout. By the author of Big Stone Gap. 120,000 first printing.

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Praise for Adriana Trigiani

The Queen of the Big Time

Full-bodied and elegantly written . . . Trigiani builds The Queen of the Big Time] around an old-fashioned love story. . . . Pure pleasure.

-The Washington Post Book World

Moving and poignant . . . Trigiani has again defied categorization. She is more than a one-hit wonder, more than a Southern writer, more than a women's novelist. She is an amazing young talent.

-Richmond Times-Dispatch

Lucia, Lucia

This heartwarming tale is full of lessons about taking risks in life and love.

-Cosmopolitan

Trigiani's writing is as dazzling as Lucia's dresses.

-USA Today

Seamlessly superb storytelling . . . Trigiani never loses hold of the hearts of her characters-or of the wisdom that tragedy and redemption are also part of life.

-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap trilogy, the New York Times bestselling novels Lucia, Lucia and The Queen of the Big Time, and co-author of the cookbook Cooking with My Sisters, Trigiani has written the screenplay for the movie Big Stone Gap, which she will also direct. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, and is at work on her next Big Stone Gap novel.

Table of Contents

The Duke of Decor on the Jersey Shore — A Tudor in Tumult — The Ottoman Empire — Matelasse in Manhattan — Monica Vitti's Chandelier — The Bernini of Bay Ridge — A Mural in Manasquan — Mrs. Mandelbaum Regrets — Brocade in Brielle — The Real Miracle of Fatima.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588364661
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Trigiani, Adriana
Author:
Adriana Trigiani
Subject:
Fiction-General
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Italian americans
Subject:
Painters
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050614
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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Product details 272 pages Random House - English 9781588364661 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The arrival of Rufus McSherry, a handsome painter, who arrives in a New Jersey town at the behest of Bartolomeo di Crespi, an interior decorator assigned to the Our Lady of Fatima church, breathes new life into the old church but also the women of the town and the town's devout. By the author of Big Stone Gap. 120,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Praise for Adriana Trigiani

The Queen of the Big Time

Full-bodied and elegantly written . . . Trigiani builds The Queen of the Big Time] around an old-fashioned love story. . . . Pure pleasure.

-The Washington Post Book World

Moving and poignant . . . Trigiani has again defied categorization. She is more than a one-hit wonder, more than a Southern writer, more than a women's novelist. She is an amazing young talent.

-Richmond Times-Dispatch

Lucia, Lucia

This heartwarming tale is full of lessons about taking risks in life and love.

-Cosmopolitan

Trigiani's writing is as dazzling as Lucia's dresses.

-USA Today

Seamlessly superb storytelling . . . Trigiani never loses hold of the hearts of her characters-or of the wisdom that tragedy and redemption are also part of life.

-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

From the Hardcover edition.

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