Set in the glittering, vibrant New York City of 1950, Lucia, Lucia
is the enthralling story of a passionate, determined young woman whose decision
to follow her heart changes her life forever.
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.
Lucia is surrounded by richly drawn New York characters, including her
best friend, the quick-witted fashion protégé Ruth Kaspian; their boss,
Delmarr, B. Altman’s head designer and glamorous man-about-town; her devoted
brothers, Roberto, Orlando, Angelo, and Exodus, self-appointed protectors of
the jewel of the family; and her doting father, Antonio. Filled with the warmth
and humor that have earned Adriana Trigiani hundreds of thousands of devoted
readers with her Big Stone Gap trilogy, Lucia, Lucia also bursts with a New
York sensibility that shows the depth and range of this beloved author. As
richly detailed as the couture garments Lucia sews, as emotional as the bonds
in her big Italian family, it is the story of one woman who believes that in a
world brimming with so much promise, she can—and should be able to—have it all.
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