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.
Lucia is surrounded by richly drawn New York characters, including her best friend, the quick-witted fashion protigi Ruth Kaspian; their boss, Delmarr, B. Altman's head designer and glamorous man-about-town; her devoted brothers, Roberto, Orlando, Angelo, and Exodus, self-appointed protectors of the jewel of the family; and her doting father, Antonio. Filled with the warmth and humor that have earned Adriana Trigiani hundreds of thousands of devoted readers with her Big Stone Gap trilogy, Lucia, Lucia also bursts with a New York sensibility that shows the depth and range of this beloved author. As richly detailed as the couture garments Lucia sews, as emotional as the bonds in her big Italian family, it is the story of one woman who believes that in a world brimming with so much promise, she can, and should be able to, have it all.
©2003 Adriana Trigiani; (P)2003 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"Delightfully quirky...chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists." (People)
"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday." (The New York Times Book Review)
"This is an engaging, well-told tale." (Publishers Weekly)
I feel like the black sheep... but I didn't find this book as great as the other people who reviewed it did...
I gave it three stars nonetheless because it features a fluid plot, easy and pleasant, however I just can't get into the storyline, even if Mira Sorvino did a fantastic job by narrating it(especially in the parts when she cried).
This book with an obvious cutsy and superficial plot was trying so hard to earn depth and emotion but it just didn't make it into my heart...
At first I was mad that I had accidentally purchased the abridged version but in the end i was glad because I don't think I would have been able to enjoy much more of it.
A piece of advice: looking for a light and fresh reading? Go for "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" or even better, if you prefer something deeper "The Secret Life of Bees" <--- a very spiritual book that still has me thinking about life and destiny...
I very much enjoyed this audio book. What I like best is the richness of the story. The author does an excellent job connecting readers to her characters. I didn't want the story to end!
I have to admit it took a while to get used to the narrator. She happens to be one of the best actresses around but I thought she did a mediocre job at narrating. Once I got used to her style, I was able to tune out the "stiffness" of her voice and concentrate on the story.
I would love to see a follow-on to this book, maybe Lucia's life after her 20's??
This was a very good book from start to finish.Lucia and her family had so many things happen to them.Lucia was stood up at the alter,
her father died,and her mother fell an hit her head and ended up in the hospital.I was going to work this morning listening to this book as I drove the car, and had tears falling down my face.Very good book.Would be listening to books all day long if all of them were this good.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great portrait of 1950s New York. It made me long for the old days of big department stores. I loved the parts about the custom shop and the details about the couture work they did.Lucia's story was well told and Mira did a great job narrating.
Lucia, of course.
The story was okay, but the reading by Mira Sorvino was so flat it was hard to believe that she has an Academy Award! I usually love almost anything I buy, but this one hurt.
Found the story and the characters engaging. However, I wish it wasn't narrated by Mira Sorvino. She was speed reading. It was annoying at first.
But, the story is good enough to pass the time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. The author made Commerce Street and 1950 New York come to life. I look forward to more from this author.
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