Lucia, Lucia

Lucia, LuciaIt Is 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

Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her dazzling novels USA Today , Adriana Trigiani is a master of palpable and visual detail Washington Post and a comedy writer with a heart of gold New York Times She is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books in fiction and nonfiction, published in 38 languages, making her one of the most sought after speakers in the

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  • Paperback
  • 305 pages
  • Lucia, Lucia
  • Adriana Trigiani
  • English
  • 05 July 2018
  • 9780345472441

10 thoughts on “Lucia, Lucia

  1. says:

    If Jane Austen were somehow transported to the 20th century Manhattan, I m pretty sure she d would have written a novel like Lucia, Lucia Author Adriana Trigiani has channeled many of the recurring themes in Jane Austen s novels an interesting family dynamic, filled with the inevitable crises, the plight and constraints of women in society, the search for love, and ensuing heartbreak I loved the characters, especially the protagonist Lucia Born into a large Italian family, Lucia respects tradition, but not to the point where she allows it to overtake her dreams Her family runs a grocery in Greenwich village, and Lucia has turned her sewing skills into a job outside the home at B Altman s Custom shop She is supported, sometimes overtly, sometimes covertly by a family that adores her, especially atypical for the 1950 s at least parents, who are proud of their daughter s accomplishments, and want her happiness, even if it is not what tradition demands In the end, Lucia must compromise I ll let you decide if it is a happy one or not.

  2. says:

    Immediately, I hated the frame story The opening character, Kit, is a struggling playwright living in Greenwich Village who ventures up to the apartment of the aged but elegant Aunt Lu and has tea while listening to her story, which is the basis of the book My dislike of the frame only got worse when it finally reappeared after no mention of it throughout Lucia s story at the end of the book The characters, including the old Lucia, are flat and there is very little to connect them to the rest of the story.Lucia s story, told in first person, at first engaged me quite a bit I know very little about fashion, New York City, the 1950s, and the life of Italian immigrant families, yet I found myself interested in all of these I was enthusiastic when Lucia breaks off her engagement and her role as a traditional Italian girl choosing instead to continue her career as a seamstress working for an up and coming designer in the customs department of a swanky department store I thought, hey, cool, it s about a girl who is going to be ahead of her time, who fashions herself after her own pattern rather than the rigid expectations of tradition and culture.Unfortunately, not so Even though she sometimes flirts with the idea of striking out and becoming an independent woman throughout the rest of the book, every choice she makes falling in love with a suave man who eventually cons her out of her heart and life savings, assuming the role of dutiful daughter when the family needs her, and submitting to the will of her traditional brothers dashes my hopes for her character In addition, each event and emotion is laid out in such a way as to be completely transparent no subtlety to speak of.The book had a couple of good lines, such as my favorite spoken by Lucia s mother In my mind, the most dangerous people in the world are insecure women They can do damage in a day than an army Overall, though, the writing waswell, plain It was writing that got the job done, but it didn t evoke any impressive images in my mind or any real emotion for Trigiani s characters I know I m not emotionally invested in the characters or the writing when I find myself skimming paragraphs toward the end And the ending, ugh The author goes back to the ugly frame story and slaps on the most sentimental ending ever, with the final act of the book going back and essentially undoing Lucia s original admirable decision at the beginning of her story.It s not fair, perhaps, to judge a character of the 1950s because she doesn t eschew her family and society s expectations of her in a way that I expect her to, in a different era Still, the author could have done a better job of helping me to understand her, to sympathize with her plight instead of making me skim over it.

  3. says:

    so i just finished listening to this book read by Mira Sorvino i liked it but i find it hard to believe that Lucia s life decisions really made her happy i don t know how a person could love their job than having a life with people you love i think she would have felt quite lonely in her life this is the second trigiani book i ve read and it seems that her stories focus on being an independent career woman and how that sometimes trumps being married and having children i think my priorities values are just different from trigiani s which makes it hard to really love her novels.

  4. says:

    This is the first novel that I have read by Trigiani, and I am totally hooked with her writing, and can t wait to get started on Rococo, which is now sitting on my nightstand Kit is a young career girl and aspiring playwright living in an aging apartment building in Greenwich Village in the early 2000s One day, she s invited for tea by one of the older women living on the top floor of the building Reluctantly, she takes time out of her busy schedule, but has no idea what a treat is in store for her The story of Lucia is an amazing glimpse into what life was like for a first generating Italian women in 1950s New York City As societal barriers begin to fall after WWII, doors are opened for Lucia, yet she still struggles to balance her desire for a career and independence, with the life her family wants for her which includes marriage and children The struggles she faces throughout the book are at times agonizing, but it makes you realize just how far women have come in the last 50 years Lucia and Kit both learn important lessons about life and love in this dramatic, page turner Savor every bit of this wonderful book, it really is quite a treat

  5. says:

    This will definitely go into my favorites bookshelf I thoroughly enjoyed this story Although funny and heartwarming most of the time, the story did have some very sad moments but isn t that how life is anyway Lucia Sartori is the kind of leading female character I adore She is strong willed with the courage to step outside of the stereotypical gender role boundaries of the 1950s specially in a Catholic Italian home Lucia is the only daughter in a family of five children As the girl, her role is to look after her brothers and help her mother with keeping the family home in order until she meets the right man and marries At which time, she will be expected to move into his family home and continue her domestic responsibilities for her new family However, Lucia, at age 25, is a seamstress for the customs department of a big NYC department store She is not only a skilled worker but she likes the freedoms of being a single, working woman who loves her job In the 1950s this is equivalent to being an old spinster But she is true to herself and lives her life as so My daughter read this book along with me and she too loved it We both agreed that we felt like we were in the Sartori home as part of the famiglia Adriana Trigiani does such a great job conveying that sense of the reader being part of an era gone Kudos to Mrs Trigiani on a wonderful book Thank you for letting me and my daughter be part of the Sartoris if only for a couple of weeks.

  6. says:

    I loved this book This was my first Adriana Trigiani book and definitely will not be my last Lucia was such a beautiful character that I absolutely fell in love with The time, the location, the Italian cultureit all weaved together to make a story that just resonated in me I loved the loyalty and love the family showed each other, and the way they recovered and got stronger after setbacks Even though she was a minor character, I have to say Rosemary was also one of my favorites What a sweet girl, who really came into her element throughout the story.I listened to this one on audio and thought that the reader did an amazing job She got all the voices right and really helped pull me in Pretty clean book There ended up being 2 f words near the end, that I honestly almost would have used myself in that situation, LOL There is also a time when a couple has sex but there is not detail given You just know it happens.

  7. says:

    As a fan of the Big Stone Gap books, I was eager to read by Adriana Trigiani and quickly devoured this book Set in New York s Greenwhich Village during the 1950s 1960s the book is narrated by Lucia Santori, the only daughter and youngest child of a large, boisterous Italian family.The book begins rather slowly although it quickly picks up speed and is easy to read.Once again, Trigiani has a knack for vivid imagery and selecting appealing adjectives that bring out the best of the story s characters and setting.Although Trigiani successfully creates another cast of colorful, memorable characters,this books is less straight forward than Big Stone Gap and addresses issues that were rather taboo in the 1950s 60s such as career women, premarital sex and pregnancy, breaking ethnic traditions,and women s rights While the Big Stone Gap series is about loving yourself and your community and finding your place in the world, which everyone can relate to, this book appeals to a narrow audience and is about dealing with loss, heartache and grief with family members so it does not end as rosily as the Big Stone Gap books Still, fans of Trigiani should read this to note how the author has grown based on changes in her own life and writing.

  8. says:

    This book started strong, and kept me going through the middle It is a believable tale of a close Italian family and a passionate young Italian girl The family goes through all kinds of life changing events together, and I love how they all react and then move on together Then, the book takes a left turn from normal, good and bad life events and starts just beating the hell out of the main character, taking away everything that she cares about, and then letting her live for others and not be able to follow her own dreams for the rest of her life The author s weak attempt at giving the character happy ending with a date with her old, jilted ex boyfriend does not even start to make up for it Also, the character is a career oriented, ambitious girl in a time when that was uncommon Making her end up alone, unmarried and unable to do anything but care for her sick family member for 20 years just looks like she is being punished for her progressive ideals I give the first half of this book 4 stars, and the second half 1 star.

  9. says:

    I Love all the story wraped nicely by the story of someone that at first barely noticed except as an old lady who s always dress nice and wearing long jacket everywhere she go Lucia is the only daughter in an Italian American family in the 1950s She s an accomplished seamstress and works in a famous department store in New York City She also happens to be engaged to her childhood sweeheart and is stunned to learn that her family expects her to quit her job and stay home to help her future mother in law and prepare to have children Remember this is the 1950s Lucia calls off her engagement and begins to lead the most interesting life in the world of fashion She wants to be a carrier woman in the 1950 s she wants woman to be equall to have a job like a man The author drew strong characters and I particularly love reading about Lucia s friendships and relationships with her family Good read I really enjoyed

  10. says:

    Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani is a poignant story about early Italian immigrants to our great country It tells of life, it s trial and tribulations along with the joys and sorrows in their lives A super religious family centering around the Catholic Church It begins with Kit Zanetti, a hopeful playwrite She knows of her upstairs neighbor Lu but in typical New Yorkers style you don t want to get too close So it comes as a surprise when Lu invites her upstairs for tea Kit is ready to refuse but then changes her mind telling her she ll be up at 4 00 What ensues is a charming tale of life in the 1950 s a little after World War II.

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