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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adriana Trigiani Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780736698276
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It is 1950 in glittering, vibrant New York City. 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl Thorell | 2/17/2014

    " LIGHT READ, AND ENJOYABLE, I THINK I WOULD ACTUALLG GIVE THIS THREE AND HALF STARS. THIS IS A GREAT TRAVEL BOOK THAT IS JUST NICE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 2/13/2014

    " Great book. A chick book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia | 2/7/2014

    " My first introduction with Trigiany, I like her style. Its very obvious of her italian upbringing influences her style and the storyline. Lucia, Lucia is a tragic story of a beautiful and independent girl, Lucia, who was suppose to able bring the world on her knees but ended with ironically although it was explained she didn't regret of her life. The only think I feel unnecessary is how Lucia's life has been predicted by her aunt curse while her mom still pregnant with her. But I can see this is necessary for her 'very Italian' plot. I admire more of Italian culture with resemblences my own where family comes first. Where parents will try as much as they can to care and provide their children. Vice versa where thing like nursing home is unheard of because children should look after their parents when they couldn't anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn24 | 2/6/2014

    " I loved the setting of this book (NYC in the 1950's). Its a great love story that doesn't seem like a happy ending, then it does, then it doesn't, then ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/2/2014

    " No matter how close emotionally, children grow up and folow thier onw paths.It is a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Triss | 1/30/2014

    " read this a long time ago....quirky and different and I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giselle | 1/29/2014

    " It's a story that you want to go back to again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/21/2014

    " Enjoyed this light read that takes you back into the history (1-2 generations) of an Italian family--- brothers, sisters, parents. The focus is on one member of the family-- Lucia-- who has skills and ambitions, who works, has friends, has family obligations--but it determined to make her own way and attempts to maintain her independence. Only after ending an engagement to a childhood sweetheart (because his mother is a bit too tradition and over-bearing) does Lucia find herself swept off of her feet by a mysterious man---but after an elaborate wedding is planned, she comes to the harsh realization that he is not all that he seems. Enjoyable book that gives a glimpse into the world of what life was like for young women during a time when women's roles were changing. Quick and delightful read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/19/2014

    " Really good read. Lots of family and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonee | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading to see how the story ended, but nothing that made a lasting impression on me, or made me really think. Easy, quick read. Finished in a night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrey | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoyed the italian american family theme and the time period of NYC. Very easy fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/25/2013

    " Feel-good novel, great for an easy, undemanding, enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Bednar | 12/24/2013

    " this is my favourite trigiani book thanks for the recommendation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 12/3/2013

    " Read this next to the pool in Mexico - perfect vacation book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raphaella Denissa Darmawan | 8/18/2013

    " easy to be read. i love the settings. America after world war two. i can easily imagined how the city, the fashions, the lifestyle it has on that era. beautifully written on not so complicated words and phrases. could be a nice friend on the free time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Prevas | 7/13/2013

    " Lovely little story and I l oved the descriptions of Lucia's clothes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 7/8/2013

    " Loved this book. All of the books that Adriana Trigiani that I have read are a wonderful read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita S | 5/10/2013

    " A nostalgic trip back to the "good old days" and the ethics of the 50's. A heart-wrenching story. I've become a fan of Adriana Trigiani's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaya Rose | 1/31/2013

    " Probably the only Romance books I actually Love "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 1/6/2013

    " Why have I not read more Adriana Trigiani? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenalyn | 9/16/2012

    " I really liked the time period and setting. A fun story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Pasi | 8/22/2012

    " This is like a blockbuster film of the literary world. The writing is great, characters are interesting, and it's poignant and uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenore Vickrey | 8/2/2012

    " One of my favorite books, this took me back to the 1950s world of fashion design and merchandising, with a great love story woven in. It was my introduction to Adriana Trigiani, who did a delightful phone interview with my book club. Then I had to read all the rest of her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Larson | 4/16/2012

    " cute, feel good, fluff reading. i am not smarter having read the book, but i think i might be happier. so, that's a win-win. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patan | 1/11/2012

    " great little book for a rainy day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Hand | 10/7/2011

    " Loved the story and life in a NYC italian family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 8/20/2011

    " I love her books. Cannot get enough of this author. This one made me smile inside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/23/2011

    " I loved this book. I loved the closeness of the family and all of the different characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/21/2011

    " Sometimes you just need a sweet little book and this book fit the bill! I loved it! It makes me want to have a large Italian family in New York in the 1950s! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 6/8/2011

    " I enjoyed it and am loving Trigiani's books. Set in the 1950's, sure a different time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 6/1/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It is a fascinating and fun read. It is always interesting to see how the role of women has changed over time. I liked this character's ability to be herself and go against the grain of society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/23/2011

    " A good read and with subject that would interest me. Good beach book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/17/2011

    " Loved, loved, loved this book! I can not wait to read more by this author. A fun, quick read with a great main character and story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/11/2011

    " Such a lovely story! Probably my favorite Trigiani book....makes me wish I had a bigger family and all the surprises those relationships bring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/8/2011

    " I'm a big fan of this author. Love her take on the big Italian family, life in New York and in Italy. Could escape books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reba | 5/5/2011

    " I really, really liked this book. My mother in law grew up in an Italian family in St. Louis about this same time and I feel it gave me an idea of what her life was probably like.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 5/3/2011

    " I LOVED this book. I have read a couple of other books by Trigiani before, which I really enjoyed, but this was something else. I just loved the story and the writing. If you're in my book club, don't steal this because I may pick it for my next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnne | 5/2/2011

    " An easy read although not very well-written. Reads more like a novel for junior high schoolers. Despite the authors juvenile writing style, I'm thoroughly enjoying the main characters uncanny similarity to my grandmother and the familiar lives of Italian Americans in New York. "

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About the Author
Author Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, she also wrote the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table and the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. Her books have been published in thirty-six countries around the world. She has written and will direct the big screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.