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Lucia, Lucia | [Adriana Trigiani]

Lucia, Lucia

Lucia Sartori is the beautiful 25-year-old daughter of a traditional Italian immigrant family in 1950s Greenwich Village. She boldly becomes an apprentice for a ready-to-wear clothing designer at B. Altman's famous department store. Though she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families, she works hard and remains as devoted to her career as to her family.
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Publisher's Summary

Lucia Sartori is the beautiful 25-year-old daughter of a traditional Italian immigrant family in 1950s Greenwich Village. She boldly becomes an apprentice for a ready-to-wear clothing designer at B. Altman's famous department store. Though she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families, she works hard and remains as devoted to her career as to her family. But when a handsome stranger comes to the store and catches her eye, it is love at first sight for both of them. First, though, he must win over her family and make a proper offer of marriage. Their love affair takes an unexpected turn as secrets are revealed, Lucia's family honor is tested, and Lucia's own reputation becomes the center of a sizzling scandal.

©2003 The Glory of Everything Company; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Joseph Mieczkowski Jr. Charlotte, NC USA 09-19-04
    Joseph Mieczkowski Jr. Charlotte, NC USA 09-19-04 Member Since 2003

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    "What a wonderful book!"

    I so enjoyed listenting to this book!! The story is well written, and keeps you wanting more with every chapter. It reminds you that every elderly person was once your age and that they have stories to tell. Take time to talk with your elders, you just might be amazed by what they have to say!!

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    Vreader River Forest, IL, USA 06-30-06
    Vreader River Forest, IL, USA 06-30-06
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    "not as enamored as other reviewers"

    I didn't find this so predictable or superficial as to fail to complete it, but it did not grab me. I bought it based on other reviews, and want to suggest that it's not a hugely literary read, imho.

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 12-07-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 12-07-13 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Not her best but an enjoyable read"
    What did you love best about Lucia, Lucia?

    I liked the ending. Won;'t be a spoiler!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    though I really enjoyed this story overall, I did not have a favourite character… certainly not Lucia.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really a moving book overall.


    Any additional comments?

    THis book was engaging and kept me listening though I did not particularly enjoy the characters. The ending redeemed the book to some extent but I did not enjoy it as much as The Shoemaker's Wife.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 10-08-08
    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 10-08-08
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    "Very 1950's Italian American"

    A good read. Gives good details about 1940's and 50's Italian Americans. Most of the story was very predictable, but the end had a nice surprise.
    I liked Roccoco better.

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    Robin new york, new york, United States 02-27-14
    Robin new york, new york, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2010

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "This book is a joy to read"

    I love this book! Captures the time period, and, more specifically, the women of the time in such a charming and thoughtful way. Great story line, through to the end. 5 stars.

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    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 08-21-08
    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 08-21-08 Member Since 2003
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    "A delightful, thoughtful book."

    All of the books by this author have thoughtful observations on life and the vagaries of circumstances in each person's life story. Lucia, Lucia was a delightful book and I hated to see it end. It not only entertained me and often made me smile, but often gave me something to think about. I am very disappointed that the second book in this trilogy is not yet available on Audible, and I hope that it is added soon. I really don't want to jump to the third book until I have read the second one.

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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 07-25-06
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 07-25-06 Member Since 2005

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Loved it"

    This was one of the sweetest most enjoyable books I have listened to in a long time. The narration was wonderful, the story enchanting. I truly didnt want it to end. This isnt a "deep book" by any means, rather a "feel good" story.

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    Joan Livermore, CA, USA 11-12-05
    Joan Livermore, CA, USA 11-12-05
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    "Wonderful!"

    This is by far the best audiobook I've ever heard. The story is great, the characters are super, and the narration couldn't be better. Being of Italian descent, I often found myself nodding at the oh-so-typical reactions and comments described by the author via her true-to-life characterizations. I even added my two cents worth aloud, in true Italian fashion! There's so much that's offered here, since the story is set at a time when people took real pride in their work, families were bound by loyalty, and old values/traditions still mattered. There's also an added bonus of a VERY authentic Sicilian sesame cookie recipe that's not to be missed! :)

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    Christia Jeanerette, LA, USA 10-27-05
    Christia Jeanerette, LA, USA 10-27-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Lucia, Lucia"

    This is the first book of Ms. Trigani I have read and have downloaded several since then. This book kept my interest and my imagination going as the characters came to life. I was sorry when it ended.

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    Cushla New PlymouthNew Zealand 06-11-05
    Cushla New PlymouthNew Zealand 06-11-05
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    "One of the best"

    Lucia Lucia is beautifully narrated and is hard to turn off. I didnt want it to end and yet I listened to it voraciously. It takes a bit to make me emotional, but this book really pulled at my heart strings. Listen to this book while taking a long walk, and you'll barely know you've exercised.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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