Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 5 April 2004
Number of pages: 336
Lucia Sartori is the beautiful twenty-five-year-old daughter of a fine Italian immigrant family in Greenwich Village, New York, in 1950. Fuelled by the post-war boom, in which talented girls with ambition are encouraged to follow their dreams, Lucia becomes an apprentice for a made-to-wear clothing designer at a chic department store on Fifth Avenue. Though she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families, Lucia stays her course and works hard, determined to have a career. She juggles the roles of dutiful daughter and ambitious working girl perfectly. When a handsome stranger comes to the story and catches her eye, it is love at first sight for both of them. In order to win Lucia's hand, he must first win over her traditional family and make the proper offer of marriage. Their love affair takes an unexpected turn as secrets are revealed, Lucia's family honour is tested, and her own reputation becomes the centre of a sizzling scandal. Set in a time of possibility and change for women in America, in a city that celebrates its energy with style and elegance, LUCIA, LUCIA is the story of a girl who risks everything for the belief that a woman could - and should - be able to have it all.
Kit rents a room in a house in Greenwich Village, New York. To earn a living she writes reviews of restaurants for magazines but her ambition is to write plays and, while waiting for success, she papers the wall of her rather squalid bathroom with rejection slips. Like the author Kit has an ear for a story and when one day Aunt Lu, the old lady on the top floor, invites her for tea and offers to tell the tale of her life Kit is enchanted. The story fills a book and will entertain the reader for many a long hour. It's a charming tale of Italian immigrants in America, their flair for selling, their feuds and their family loyalties. When Lucia Sartori was young she worked in the dressmaking section of the luxury department store B Altman. It was in the 1950s and Lucia was a modern girl who enjoyed everything about her work: the sewing, the colleagues and, most of all, the pay cheque which she banked every two weeks. A photograph taken in those years shows a stunningly beautiful girl in a gold lame dress and, as she tells Kit, she had many suitors. Lucia's ideas about a woman's place in the world did not quite chime with what her parents thought was right and best for her. These disagreements feed the plot but not always in a predictable way. Trigiani has a gift for creating the atmosphere of the past: the glamorous clothes copied from Dior and Balmain, the nightclubs and swish hotels, the warm atmosphere of a neighbourhood where Italian families knew each other intimately, meeting at church, in the stores and at weddings and funerals. Perhaps the most interesting aspect which Trigiani evokes is the chasm between uptown society families and these downtown boys and girls who were smart but not yet free to enter any club or profession they chose. A light novel, very entertaining and accomplished. (Kirkus UK)
Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and now lives with her husband and daughter in New York City. In addition to being the bestselling author of BIG STONE GAP, BIG CHERRY HOLLER and MILK GLASS MOON, she is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker.
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