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Author: Adriana Trigiani Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781415926413
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New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her humor, warmth, and captivating storytelling in the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia, takes on love, lust, tricky family dynamics, and home decorating in Rococo, the uproarious tale of a small Italian American town poised for a makeover it never expected.

Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. To date, Bartolomeo has hand-selected every chandelier, sconce, and ottoman in OLOF, so when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man for the job.

From the dazzling shores of New Jersey to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to luscious Santa Margherita on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent, sophistication, and his aesthetic vision to his hometown.

Trigiani’s glittering mosaic of small-town characters sparkles: Bartolomeo’s hilarious sister, Toot, is in desperate need of a postdivorce transformation–thirteen years after the fact; “The Benefactor,” Aurelia Mandelbaum, the richest woman in New Jersey, has a lust for French interiors and a long-held hope that Bartolomeo will marry her myopic daughter, Capri; Father Porporino, the pastor with a secret, does his best to keep a lid on a simmering scandal; and Eydie Von Gunne, the chic international designer, steps in and changes the course of Bartolomeo’s creative life, while his confidante, cousin Christina Menecola, awaits rescue from an inconsolable grief.

Plaster of Paris, polished marble, and unbridled testosterone arrive in buckets when Bartolomeo recruits Rufus McSherry, a strapping, handsome artist, and Pedro Allercon, a stained-glass artisan, to work with him on the church’s interior. Together, the three of them will do more than blow the dust off the old Fatima frescoes–they will turn the town upside down, challenge the faithful, and restore hope where there once was none.

Brilliantly funny and as fanciful as flocked wallpaper, filled with glamorous locales from New Jersey to Europe, from Sunday Mass to the American Society of Interior Designers soirée at the Plaza Hotel, Rococo is Trigiani’s masterpiece, a classic comedy with a heart of gold leaf.


"A veritable crazy quilt of quirky Italian Americans ... Trigiani weaves all these subplots together with wonderful ease; every seam is perfectly straight, every pleat in place. Bartolomeo would expect no less. A-." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Clever ... Creating characters so lively they bounce off the page and possessing a wit so subtle that even the best jokes seem effortless, Trigiani is a master storyteller. Equal parts sass and silliness, Rococo is an artfully designed tale with enough brio to make Frank Gehry proud."-- People


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Quotes & Awards

  • Trigiani’s writing is as dazzling as Lucia’s dresses. USA Today
  • “Seamlessly superb storytelling . . . Trigiani never loses hold of the hearts of her characters–or of the wisdom that tragedy and redemption are also part of life. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Full-bodied and elegantly written . . . [Trigiani builds The Queen of the Big Time] around an old-fashioned love story. . . . Pure pleasure. The Washington Post Book World
  • Moving and poignant . . . Trigiani has again defied categorization. She is more than a one-hit wonder, more than a Southern writer, more than a women’s novelist. She is an amazing young talent. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Lucia, Lucia
  • This heartwarming tale is full of lessons about taking risks in life and love. Cosmopolitan

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaycee | 2/15/2014

    " Not as good as the Stone Gap books, but interesting from a Jersey perspective. Unfortunately, the geography was all off, and the Tick Tock Diner is NOT on Route 35! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 2/15/2014

    " My favorite of all of Trigiani's books. The main character is a man - a decorator - hired to decorate the town church for a huge celebration. Laugh along and see the way the wacky and endearing construction crew gets along and tries to change their corner of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/14/2014

    " I have to admit, of all the Adriana Trigiani books I've read, this is probably my least favorite. I wasn't able to relate to the characters--I kept wanting them to come to life on the page as Trigiani's characters usually do, but they didn't. In addition, the storyline itself wasn't quite as engaging as those in her other novels, and there were few surprises. That being said, I still enjoyed the read. I loved Bartolomeo's interior design career and the detailed description of his rooms, of fabrics and pieces of furniture--a true creative talent of Trigiani. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/31/2014

    " i like a book that makes me laugh outloud "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Genevra | 1/18/2014

    " Not her fastest read but I stayed with it to the end. As with all her books you get to know the characters well, and want to find out what happens to them no matter how mundane the outcome. Quarky, but not her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/16/2014

    " It was good, but I liked her newer books better. The main character, "B" just seemed so angry all the time. I did try the recipe for Our Lady of (Drown Your) Sorrows Cake with Heavenly Frosting and that was fabulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/14/2014

    " Delightfully funny, this book had me laughing out loud. Revolving around a wonderful cast of characters, this story of family and fashion (interior design) is descriptively written, down to the last gold leaf on the church ceiling. Trigiani once again gets my kudos as a master storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 1/4/2014

    " I love all books "Trigiani" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jude | 12/10/2013

    " Give me interior decorating details down to the ottoman embellishment, a cast of motley characters with strength, conviction and sass...add in artists, frescos, glass, stone and the spririt of community...I was completely transported and transfixed. Loved this quirky, heartfelt snapshot of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/22/2013

    " One of the edgier of the Trigiani books I've read, but still has that good old Italian combination of bickering, recipes, and a happy ending. My mom and I love to pass these books around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charise | 11/12/2013

    " I may be a bit bias being a decorator...I was woven into the fabric of the story from page one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/29/2013

    " A light and fun read. I listened on CD and the narrator was perfect. The main character is so likable and his experiences very true and touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 8/19/2013

    " A fun beach type read. I particularly enjoyed reading all the parts about interior design. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 5/25/2013

    " My first experience with Trigiani and it was a delightful one! I felt as if she were explaining my Italian-American upbringing. Many "lol" moments in this piece of literature. Still chick lit but has a lot of soul! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alia | 12/11/2012

    " This book did very little for me . . . it was kind of cheesy, almost stereotypical in its depictions of the characters, and there really wasn't much point to the story. Definitely not something I'd recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 10/26/2012

    " Not one of her very best novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loretta | 8/16/2012

    " I love Trigliani's characters, and while this one is not one of her best attempts; it is a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 2/19/2012

    " Bartolomeo dicrespi, a bachelor interior decorator from Our Lady of Fatima, NJ, achieves his dream of renovating his beloved local Catholic Church. Hilarious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donnaelrick | 12/30/2011

    " This book was too catholic for me. I love her other books though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 10/19/2011

    " Wasn't in the mood for this book - didn't read much of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/17/2011

    " This falls in my beach read category...it was lighthearted and fun, but it just never reached as far as it could. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 8/27/2011

    " Not nearly as good as Lucia, Lucia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 8/11/2011

    " Unlike the other books of hers I've read, I didn't enjoy this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 7/17/2011

    " Loved this book. Just broke me up. Great read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 7/9/2011

    " No way to compare, but I'm glad I listened to the audio book version. Written from the male perspective, it was good to hear it in a male voice. Entertaining. Some good "messages" about family and love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 6/22/2011

    " I rated this a two because I don't ever remember reading anything less than a three! Loved Trigiani's other books, but this one I wasted my money on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 5/29/2011

    " Cute book but as I got into it I realized it's set in 1970, which brought back some memories! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donnaelrick | 5/5/2011

    " This book was too catholic for me. I love her other books though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/22/2011

    " Not nearly as good as Lucia, Lucia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 4/10/2011

    " B. is an interior decorator and the bachelor of the family. Recipes in the story, Italian family and all kinds of conflict, romance, and chaos. Good story. Enjoy this author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 3/14/2011

    " Worth reading, but my least favorite from Adriana Trigiani. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/13/2011

    " amusing quick read with an unfortunately speedy conclusion. like Janet Evanovich with an interior designer: Jersey, Italian, outrageous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/11/2011

    " Really like it - this was an easy, fun book with lots of fabric and colors (literally.) Just what I hoped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 2/2/2011

    " Eh. Nice little story, but I was not too impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 2/1/2011

    " I was in need of an audiobook to listen to, randomly chose this off the shelf, and struck gold. Both funny and heartwarming. An enjoyable listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ada | 1/21/2011

    " I just love Adriana Trigiani, cannot get enough of her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 11/27/2010

    " I nice quick escape to another place. "

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, 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 wrote and directed the film version of her novel Big Stone Gap.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.