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The Supreme Macaroni Company [Hardcover]

Adriana Trigiani
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26 Nov 2013
For a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company has relied on Vechiarelli & Son leather from Tuscany, and with a twist of fate, Valentine Roncalli falls in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli. After the wedding, Valentine awakes to the hard reality of a new business and a new family. She will have to fight for everything she wants and savour all she deserves the bitter and the sweet of life itself.
This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author s work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Torch (26 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062136585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062136589
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,002 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.

Visit Adriana on Facebook or at adrianatrigiani.com

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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this book was not like Adriana's earlier books I did not really enjoy it. The quality of the book itself (printing binding etc) was so bad that I received My money back from Amazon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 28 Jun 2014
By Val
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The quality of the book itself wasn't what I would usually expect as the pages had an uneven edge and looked like they hadn't been cut properly. However the story itself was wonderful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Authentic but somewhat of a disappointment 11 Sep 2013
By Susan W - Published on Amazon.com
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I have long been a fan of the novels of Adriana Trigiani. I particularly enjoyed reading about Valentine Roncalli, a designer of custom made shoes and her big Italian family. "The Supreme Macaroni Company" is, I believe, the third book in a trilogy about Valentine and her family and her family's business. The author shines when she is describing the ups and downs that are common in Valentine's big Italian family. Coming from a big Italian family myself, her voice is authentic and very enjoyable as she begins this next (and supposedly last) chapter in Valentine's story.

This book begins where "Brava Valentine" left off, with Valentine and Gianluca on the roof of her building, after he has just proposed.
Valentine, at 36, is carrying on with the running of the Angelini Shoe Company and Gianluca, at 54, has a grown up daughter and runs a successful business in Italy but is willing to live in New York so she can continue to follow her dreams of creating fabulous shoes, not just custom, but for a broader market. The problem is that Valentine does not seem to realize that marriage changes things. The author demonstrates this very well when she writes" I hoped to understand Gianluca's point of view. He wasn't fighting to keep me from working. He was fighting to show me how to live".

I think though, the author loses interest (mine) and focus (hers) when she starts throwing in multiple issues in rapid succession; it seemed to me as if she just wanted to get done with the book. At this point I'm wondering where the author ever got the title to the book. the reason finally appears on page 209 and it is as unsatisfying as it is unbelievable.

The author was losing me at this point. From start to finish, this book encompasses two years of Valentine and Gianluca's lives and in no way does it finish Valentine's story. It is at once too much detail and not enough. People who have enjoyed the previous novels will want to read this but I doubt they will be satisfied.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stop!!! If you loved Very Valentine and Brava Valentine DONT READ THIS BOOK!!! 30 Nov 2013
By Christy Rinde - Published on Amazon.com
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After eagerly anticipating the conclusion to one of my favorite stories I was so disappointed I can't hardly stand it! It was as if Ms Trigiani didn't even show up to write this book. Everything was inferior to the first two books....the dialog, the character interactions, the thought processes and oh! Let's not forget the story! WTH???? What a horribly disappointing book...I wish I could erase it from my brain! This was just awful and I wish I'd never read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who Turned Valentine Into A Witch And Why? 2 Dec 2013
By V.L. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
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Ordinarily, Ms Trigiani's books are a 5 for me, and despite some very critical reviews where readers comment that this book doesn't even seem to have been written by her, I disagree.

What I found that I didn't like about this third book in the series was that Valentine seems to have had gone from being a happy,fun loving,good natured, optimistic, unselfish person to a self-centered,blinded by ambition,femi-nazi.

Ms.Trigiani, for reasons unknown, took a warm, lovable,believable, character and turned her into someone I not only didn't like, but actively disliked. The rest of the Roncalli family and Valentine's friends are intact and come across with their usual warmth and eccentricity but Valentine? Whew, not nice. Selfish, aggressive, overly ambitious and downright nasty.

I hope, given the ending of this book, that we will see Valentine and the Roncalli family again, despite this being the third book in a trilogy: hopefully with a return to the warm,loving, Valentine we all know and love.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Valentine fan, but this entry just didn't hold my attention. 21 Nov 2013
By IRG - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read the previous entries in the Valentine series, I was eager to see how her life progressed and if she'd make room for a private life given how driven she was professionally.

I struggled to finish this book. It didn't feel like an authentic story but rather a vehicle to deliver various "messages" about ambitious women and how they approach marriage. I felt the author cast Valentine in a very negative and unfair light. It seemed as if the author was punishing her for being exactly who she always was. (The ending especially seemed to scream: "See. This is what happens when you aren't the good little Italian wife you think you have to be!")

I guess I expected a less-judgmental assessment and handling of this beloved character.

FYI: If you haven't read the other two books in the series, don't pick this up. You won't like the main character and you won't have a real sense of who she is and how she got to this point.

Maybe I don't believe that life has to be either/or when it comes to women running a business and having their own family. Maybe I just don't buy into the whole Italian male dominance thing (If ever a character was written in a confusing fashion, it's Gianluca, her fiance. In some places, he's painted as old-style patriarchal. In others the exact opposite. I was never really sure which he was given the way some of the backstory was written, even with the reveal towards the last pages of the story.)

The plot just seemed unoriginal and more romance novel than the other two entries and I just expected something that was truer to the character and with more meat.

I really enjoyed the first two books but this? Not so much.
46 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MERGING LIVES & DREAMS 3 Sep 2013
By Laurel-Rain Snow "Rain" - Published on Amazon.com
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In this third novel in the Valentine trilogy, Valentine Roncalli and Gianluca Vecchiarelli are joining their lives in matrimony. Valentine is a shoe designer who lives in Greenwich Village, in the apartment over the shop where her grandmother before her lived and worked.

Gianluca is an Italian tanner, whose life in Italy included a previous marriage and a grown daughter. For Valentine, this is a first marriage, and she is eighteen years younger than he. Can their love overcome the differences between them? Can they learn to merge their dreams and compromise?

As always, Trigiani brings the reader right into the world of the characters, showing us their hopes, dreams, flaws, and challenges. The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel (Valentine Trilogy) is a story with a wonderful narrative and very real characters that I enjoyed spending time with.

The love and romance, along with the challenges, bring Valentine and Gianluca closer together, but just when everything seems to be coming together for them, tragedy strikes and everything changes.

Can Valentine still live the life she wants, or will she have to recreate a new world? A lovely story that made me feel a wide range of emotions, reminding me of why I so enjoy this author's work. I want to read more about Valentine and her world. Five stars.
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