This is the third book in the series. Valentine accepts Gianluca’s proposal and has her wedding. Instead of a fairytale happy ending, she struggles with her independence and how to come to terms with being married and the compromises it requires. She also has challenges with the shoe business when she must find a new manufacturer, finally deciding to take the plunge into running the manufacturing as part of their business. Valentine enlists family and extended family support to make this work, finally finding an old pasta factory as the location (the Supreme Macaroni Company in the title). When she becomes pregnant, she worries that Gianluca may not want to start a family, especially when his grown daughter is expecting her first child. When tragedy strikes, it almost destroys her, but Valentine slowly and painfully finds a way to keep moving forward.
My wife is a fan of the books by Adriana Trigiani and I decided to read this hardcover edition book (The Supreme Macaroni Company). She advised me that I might find it interesting (since I am of Italian heritage) because it is about an Italian family.
Even though I did find this book somewhat amusing and interesting as the author weaves the story of her Italian family and her new marriage to an older man named Gianluca who is from Italy. The first part of the book provides a little back ground of the characters and Italian family you learned about in her book The Shoemaker’s daughter, which is a book I have not read. About a fourth way through this book the story than moves to her travels and experiences after marrying Gianluca.
This dialog in this book clearly shows the differences between men and women. What is important to women when they talk to each other and men’s dialog with each other is in most cases is totally different? In most cases you seldom hear men talk about their wife and family when they get together. I think evolution has something to do with it. When men had to hunt for dinner and the women stayed in the cave taking care of their children. Women had little to talk about except thier husband and children and hoped for a big deer for dinner.
I never like to give away too much information when reviewing any novel because it spoils the story for anyone who decides to read the book. I did find the book to be well written and humorous at times, but l personally thought it was only a fair read at best. I think women might enjoy reading this kind of novel more than men because it is more about family people and issues; however, if you are a fan of Trigiani’s books you may want to check out this volume.
Rating: 3 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a politician: A critical review of politics and politicians)
Well, I waited with the rest of you for the next (and hopefully "last") Valentine book. It was NOT worth the wait. Essentially, the first 150 pages were recap. Reintroduction of characters (some who weren't in the plot), retrospective on the other books ... and tons and tons of quips and cutsy things about Valentine's family. The books SAGS with unnecessary references to Valentine's family and their idiosyncrasies. It's not that I dislike the Italian-American or New York references ... it's simply that they comprise about 75% (or more) of the book. So actual plot begins about page 150 ... or the honeymoon. Valentine turns into a raging ... I don't think I'm allowed to say it. Let's just say that Valentine cares much more for herself, her family/friends, and her job ... than her husband. As glowing as the story depicts Gianluca (the husband) - he is pretty much kicked to the curb, and by the end of the book, you realize how little you even got to know him. So long we waited for "The Supreme Macaroni Company," and it feels like it was simply slapped together. You don't need to read this.
I loved this series, but found myself disappointed in the last book. Parts seemed rushed and glossed-over. Parts were just underdeveloped. The main characters never had the time to work out their differences. The characters didn't seem to bond after their marriage, and as the reader, I was left unsatisfied. There were great moments in this book, but the first two books were so much more enjoyable.
THE SUPREME MACARONI COMPANY by Adriana Trigiani Way too much navel gazing for me this time around. I usually enjoy Trigiani’s books, this one just seemed to spend too much time on Valentine’s inner thoughts and self-recriminations. You do find out why she chose the title three fourth of the way through the book. A new factory in the US already has a name and she keeps it – kind of clever but not enough to rescue this book. 2 of 5 stars
This book was part family history, fiction,of course and love story. A female shoe designer falls in love with an older Italian man who is also in the business. Through conflict, successes, sorrows and joy she brings her entire family together and creates a place for everyone. The writing was good, not very complex but entertaining. The plot line was interesting and held my attention. This was a fun book to read, not great literature but I enjoyed it. Emily Markiewicz