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Rococo [Paperback]

Adriana Trigiani
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6 Mar 2006
Makeover specialist Bartolomeo Di Crespi is all his name suggests - stylish, sophisticated, a legend in his own time. From the Mediterranean to Manhattan his taste reigns supreme. When the renovation of his hometown church comes up for tender, Bortolemeo assumes only he can do justice to the task ahead. But the local pastor, Father Porporino, for reasons of his own, has other ideas. Delightful, captivating, hilarious, bursting with effervescent life, as fanciful as flocked wallpaper, Roccoco is a comic masterpiece with a heart of gold. Once more Adriana Trigiani's takes us into an enchanting world which she has made her own - peopled by unforgettable characters that will live forever.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (6 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743495888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743495882
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her hilarious and heartwarming novels. Adriana was raised in a small American coal-mining town in southwest Virginia in a big Italian family. She chose her hometown for the setting and title of her debut novel, the critically acclaimed bestseller Big Stone Gap. The heartwarming story continues in the novel's sequels Big Cherry Holler, Milk Glass Moon, and Home to Big Stone Gap. Stand-alone novels Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, all topped the bestseller lists, as did Trigiani's 2009 Very Valentine and its 2010 sequel Encore Valentine. (Known as Brava, Valentine in the U.S.)

Trigiani teamed up with her family for Cooking with My Sisters, a cookbook coauthored by her sister Mary, with contributions from their sisters and mother. The cookbook-memoir features recipes and stories dating back a hundred years from both sides of their Italian-American family.

Adriana's novels have been translated and sold in more than 35 countries around the world. Trigiani's latest blockbuster Encore Valentine debuted at number seven on the New York Times bestseller list following its February 2010 debut. Valentine Roncalli juggles her long-distance romance, as she works to better the family's struggling business. A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Val from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she finds a long-buried secret hidden deep within a family scandal.

Trigiani's first young adult novel, Viola in Reel Life--the first in a series--debuted in the UK in early 2011. Fans fell in love with fourteen-year-old filmmaker Viola Chesterton, who moves from Brooklyn to a South Bend, Indiana, boarding school. In 2012, readers will delight in Trigiani's follow-up novel Viola in the Spotlight, as Viola and friends spend an adventure-filled summer vacation in Brooklyn.

Fans everywhere will soon see Adriana's work on the big and small screens! She wrote the screenplay for and will direct the big screen version of her novel Big Stone Gap. Adriana has also written the film adaptations of Lucia, Lucia and Very Valentine--which will be made into a Lifetime Original Movie in 2011!

Critics from the Washington Post to the New York Times to People have described Adriana's novels as "tiramisu for the soul," "sophisticated and wise," and "dazzling." They agree that "her characters are so lively they bounce off the page," and that "...her novels are full bodied and elegantly written."

Trigiani's novels have been chosen for the USA Today Book Club, the Target Bookmarked series, and she's now officially a regular with Barnes & Noble Book Clubs, where she has conducted three online book clubs. Adriana speaks to book clubs from her home three to four nights a week.

Her books are so popular around the world that Lucia, Lucia was selected as the best read of 2004 in England by Richard and Judy.

After graduating from Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana, Adriana moved to New York City to become a playwright. She founded the all-female comedy troupe "The Outcasts," which performed on the cabaret circuit for seven years. She made her off-Broadway debut at the Manhattan Theatre Club and was produced in regional theatres of note around the country.

Among her many television credits, Adriana was a writer/producer on The Cosby Show, A Different World, and executive producer/head writer for City Kids for Jim Henson Productions. Her Lifetime television special, Growing Up Funny, garnered an Emmy Award nomination for Lily Tomlin. In 1996, she wrote and directed the documentary film Queens of the Big Time. It won the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival and toured the international film festival circuit from Hong Kong to London.

Adriana then wrote a screenplay called Big Stone Gap, which became the novel that began the series. Adriana spent a year and a half waking up at three in the morning to write the novel before going into work on a television show.

Adriana is married to Tim Stephenson, the Emmy Award-winning lighting designer of The Late Show with David Letterman. They live in Greenwich Village with their daughter, Lucia.

Perhaps one popular book critic said it best: "Trigiani defies categorization. She is more than a one-hit wonder, more than a Southern writer, more than a woman's novelist. She is an amazing young talent.

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About the Author

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rococo 4 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Trigiani has once again outdone herself, this woman cannot put pen to paper without it resulting in a modern day literary masterpiece.
Immerse yourself in the life of B Crespi, an interior decorator in the small town of Our Lady Of Fatima, whos mission in life is to bring beauty into the lives and homes of his community. The novel follows his fight with the local parish priest (who has a scarlet secret) to acquire the job of renovating the local church, the crazy antics of his neurotic sister who decides to embark on an affair with her married ex-husband after the bitter divorce twelve years previous, "Because that's love, baby", and the overbearing, rich old doll of the community who spent the last twenty years trying to marry her daugher off to B before the daughter elopes with Pedro, the stained glass-window guy.
I curled up in bed with an extra blanket and read this novel cover to cover, only stoping to get food and imagine how gorgeous Rufus is (you'll know what I'm talking about when you read the description). I strongly advise you to do the same with this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rococo, Missing the magic 28 Oct 2005
By A Customer
I have read all of Adriana Trigliani's books and have been a fan. I was really looking forward to reading Rococo.
Unfortuantly she really missed with this one. She spends too much time explainig the decor of the rooms the main character B has decorated, too much about the church. No story!The only character that has any impact is B's sister Toot.
In the last chapter she makes a stab at giving us a story...but its all too rushed!
Rococo is an easy read, nothing too taxing.
Hopefully Adriana Trigliani will back on form wtih her next book, but it seems Rococo is really missing a lot of the magic that made us all fall in love with her previous books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A scrumptious ode to paint, pasta and passion 27 May 2010
This was my first Trigiani, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more of her books. It tells the story of one Bartolomeo di Crespi, interior designer extraordinaire of coastal New Jersey. In between brief flirtations with beautiful women of the design world and dealing with the dramas of his boisterous Italian-American extended family, Bartolomeo manages to secure the job he has always dreamed about: the renovation of his beloved local church, Our Lady of Fatima. However, it soon becomes apparent that there will be huge obstacles to overcome in the quest to turn this old Gothic building into a heavenly haven, and Bartolomeo must bring together all the people he loves and learn a few lessons along the way in order to fulfil his dream.

The novel is, quite simply, delicious. It drips with colour and texture, fabrics and furniture, and our charismatic narrator's knowledge and passion for his work infuses every page. The characters are larger than life, and the dialogue within the feisty family just sparkles. I looked forward to returning to the book each time I had to set it aside, and thoroughly enjoyed savouring each and every moment I was reading it. I can't wait to see what else Trigiani has to offer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made me feel good about life 1 Aug 2011
Most novels these days seem to revolve around a tragic circumstance or event taking place that is supposed to give meaning to the story. Not this one - just a happy-go-lucky novel about a very human guy who doesn't fit into modern stereotypes (the happy straight-ish bachelor) with a genuine devotion to beauty and an ultimate personal goal. As such, it stands out. Not highbrow but it made me feel good about life. Nice one to take on holiday or when you are feeling cynical about the day-to-day.
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Do you know how sometimes you buy a book because you have loved other books that the author has written, and you save it up ready to be savoured and enjoyed at your leisure? That was how it was with me and this book by Adriana Trigiani whose "Big Stone Gap" trilogy I have read a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately this book didn't quite manage to live up to the anticipation I had before reading it.

Like Trigiani's other books this book is set in a firmly Italian family living in America background. The story takes place in 1970's New Jersey and is set in the world of interior designing, certainly an eclectic one at that time. Unlike other books the hero is a man, "B" or Bartolomeo, who is the interior designer to the town whose dream is to give his hometown church the makeover of its life. Unfortunately, this is where, for me, the problem lies. Whilst reading this book I never quite got past the fact that the main character was a very unconvincing man indeed, the way he interacted with other characters was positively girlie, and it was pretty hard to believe, stereotypes aside, in a heterosexual male with quite as much insight into home decoration and the type of clothes that best suit women as B had.

The story was diverting enough, though suffered somewhat for me on rather lengthy descriptions of the interior design of the settings at every given moment, starting on the first few pages with the description of B's house. This all certainly seemed well researched, but was at times a little tedious. Scenes with B's Italian family worked better, whilst describing the extended Italian community and complex relationship the author is on more solid ground.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was not my favourite Adriana Tregiana book however I did enjoy it. Perhaps it was an earlier book however it was very readable
Published 8 months ago by Mrs C.McKenna Christine McKennahv
2.0 out of 5 stars badly researched
Having enjoyed most of her other books I was eager to start on this one, but wish I hadn't bothered. Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. Godec
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
Wonderful story that keeps you turning the pages. I love all of Adriana's books and this one does not disppoint you.
Published 16 months ago by Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Trigiani does it again!
Wonderful story that keeps you turning the pages. I love all of Adriana's books and this one does not disppoint
Published 16 months ago by Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
An easy to pick up novel. The review says, that if it was a food it would be fudge.A real treat.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs G M Parkes
4.0 out of 5 stars delicious
another brillant book from trigiani. this time she turns her hands to interior decorating and enter bartholomeo di crespi. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by Lindymck
5.0 out of 5 stars Adriana Trigiani - magic!
What a lovely read! Totally enjoyed the story, the characters are richly described, and easy to imagine. Read more
Published on 26 May 2011 by Readsalot
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This author was recommended to me by my sister, she said once I started reading her you couldnt put the book down
and she was right! All her books are brilliant.
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Trigiani - Rococo
Great read - mouthwatering design details, recipes and topped off with great humour. Loved it and read it in two days!
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by Mme Costin Annette
4.0 out of 5 stars Rococo
I've just finished reading this. Yes, it is different from the others but I found it really compelling. Not a conventional 'good read' but good writers develop and change. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2007 by Alison Kay
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