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"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Trigiani is a wonderful storyteller." (USA Today)
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I normally listen to books while exercising or ironing. I was so enthralled with the story and didn't want to stop listening that I ended up doing all my ironing and my mother's as well.
The characters were excellent and the story line so interesting that I didn't want it to ever end. I'm off to look for more offerings by the author, but before that, I'll listen to it again just because I enjoyed it so much.
I was so conflicted while listening to this book - I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but didn't want it to end! The writing was rich and compelling and the narrator was was soothing, lively and wonderful. The author did a wonderful job of describing scenes, allowing you to 'draw' them in your mind - I can still picture Lucia and her room after more than a month since I listened to this. The two friends I loaned it to both raved about the pictures they were able to 'draw' as well - without prompting! They loved it too!
This was my first purchase of a book by this author and I will buy more. This story was fast moving, believeable, compelling ...wonderful!! I am not Italian, but I am married to one and grew up with many. Of all the books I have listened to, I have recommended this one to more of my "reading" friends than any other. You will not be dissappointed by listening to this one.
Wonderful book! Cassandra Campbell did a marvelous job with the different characters (of which there were many). I am not of Italian descent nor have I ever been to Greenwich Village but I felt I was there! I would love to hear of Lucia's life from age 30 - 78 although I doubt those years could have been more interesting than the years covered in this book. I would recommend this to everyone! I have to stop listening to these books on my way to work - I always end up crying!!
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
The character of Lucia was well developed,as were those of her family and friends, especially her boss Delmarr, who I particularly liked. Lucia, although very Italian was trying to cut off her "old world ties" and live in this wonderful New World she had been placed in. She is very talented and wants to take her life into her own hands, but.... The story keeps flowing and has some twists and unexpected happenings.
I felt that Lucia was a very real heroine. Her poise, loyalty and grace made her decisions understandable and it is so hard to understand her if one is self-centered. I felt I learned a heart warming lesson through Lucia. You will love the story.
No, I haven't, but her performance was good.
This book is worth a credit.
I loved everything about this book, from the unusual setting during the 1950s to the dynamic of the Italian familiy to the focus on fashion. Furthermore, the performance was very good and while the reader carried different inflections for the various characters, she was definitely reading more than acting. It wasn't too over to the top as some books are.
I have found a new favorite author. If you love stories about the characters in families, or you love a life story that relates to the time it was referring to....it's not all fast movement and flashy. It's life, and living it everyday and unexpected events happening like they do to all of us. How this family responded. I love a life story, I get lost in them and these so heartfelt. You may laugh and cry. It is a lovely read. Sometimes that is exactly what I need. Thank you, Ms. Trigiani, Ms. Campbell, and Audible.
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