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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!!
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.
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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.
If you even have one drop of Italian blood in you or if you know someone who does. you are going to love this story. The reader does an excellent job of relaying the essence of this fabulous book. I loved it!
I've read Trigiani's Big Stone Gap books, and I didn't like this one quite as much. The reader is good, and it's a enjoyable story -- even moving, at times -- but it felt a bit like a fairy tale, whereas the Big Stone Gap characters are more grounded, more real. I did enjoy the setting (NYC in the 1950s).
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