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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, 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 post-divorce 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin Egan | 2/13/2014

    " The Italian customs in this book reminded me a lot about my family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mirian | 2/13/2014

    " At the beginning I found very difficult to keep up with the decoration details, and I thought this was going to be a very boring book. How wrong of me. It's one of the best books I've read this year. The interaction in this Italian family is so , how can I put it, Italian! I feel like I'm seeing my own family in the book. The conversation between brother and sister is hilarious . Adriana Trigiani never disappoints me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rina | 2/11/2014

    " My mind's flickering with chintz, drapery,fresco, mural, stained glass and painting while my soul filled with Italian family culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori Arena | 2/3/2014

    " although I enjoy her style of writng, I found this book cute but boring. "

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