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The Queen of the Big Time (Trigiani, Adriana) Hardcover – Jul 2004

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400060060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400060061
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.4 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,032,341 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By F. Whitehouse Marsden on 7 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Following in the same vein as the enthralling 'Lucia, Lucia', this book follows the loves, the losses and the ever twisting fate of Nella Castelluca. Adriana Tragiani paints such vivid imagery with her words, so much so I really couldn't bare to put the book down. At times the story was heart warming and funny but also poignant and sad. I always felt great empathy with the lead character as the book meandered through the years of her life. If you enjoyed 'Lucia, Lucia' you will most certainly enjoy this book, at times it was a tad predictable but all the same, a wholly fabulous read.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sandford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2004
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A thoroughly enjoyable book, in my opinion as good as Adriana Trigiani's previous best-seller "Lucia, Lucia". I felt quickly drawn into the strong relationships of the Castelluca family, guided by the voice of the main character, Nella Castelluca. I love Adriana Trigiani's style of writing which flows so beautifully and is a delight to read. I had a real sense of young Nella's determination and wishes for her future, who, from the age of 14, has a clear focus on securing herself an education against all the odds facing her in the Pennsylvania of 1920's America. Nella lives with her parents and four sisters on a farm in Delabole, an isolated community 3 miles from the nearest town Roseto. She is drawn to the relatively cosmopolitan atmosphere of the town, enticing her away from the suffocation of her family's rural way of life.
Nella comments early, that her hunger for books lead her to a repeat reading of Jayne Eyre. I wondered how much she might have identified herself with Bronte's character. The part in the book where Nella agrees to be her elder sister Assunta's skivvy in "payment" for accompanying her on the 3 mile walk to school, shows her steely resolve and determination. The impression is, that Nella would indeed have endured much more to achieve what she wanted.
We experience Nella's first romantic involvement, her first "crush", with Renato, who is 7 years older than her. The episode where she finds herself unavoidably alone with Renato, and her "first ever kiss", is well written by Adriana Trigiani, bringing out not just the emotional maturity of Nella, but also her vulnerabilities and strengths. To cope in her stoic way with future personal and family crises, Nella will need to draw on these personal attributes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Reynolds VINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2005
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Adriana Trigiani has the ability to put the reader into the main character's shoes from the first line of the first page.
She possesses both the eloquence to describe life in a time that the reader can never have possibly experienced (unless the reader is 110, of course!), and the knack of making us feel the precise emotions that her characters feel.
The Queen of the Big Time is possibly the best Trigiani novel that I have read. It is both a life story and a love story which contains many twists and turns, encapturing the reader within the family of the Castelluca's.
Once you begin reading this, you won't want to put it down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "alidempsteruk" on 22 Feb. 2006
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I have loved Adriana Trigiani's books ever since the 'Big Stone Gap' Trilogy. 'Lucia, Lucia' had been my favourite book, that was until I had read 'Queen Of The Big Time'. This book will make you go through all the emotions and you better make sure you have a box of Kleenex handy.
Following Nella throughout her life you can really feel her hopes, loves, disappointments and even regrets as she reflects on her life. She is a very strong character and although you feel her dislike of her bullying sister Assunta, you also realise her frailties with her and begin to feel sorry for her as Nella does. I also loved the other characters too and how they entered and became part of Nella's life.
This book will stay with you long after finishing it. A really wonderful read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Carrie Bylett on 15 May 2005
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A book that makes you feel part of the story. It's not very often that a book can make you laugh and cry from reading the same page. My only disapointment was that this will only be one book and it will not have a follow up like The Big Stone Gap.
Feel part of the magic and read this book- you will feel like a nice cream cake after reading!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 2005
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Adriana writes beautiful, beautiful books and this one was my favourite by far.
The story follows Nella throughout her life and you cannot help but feel you know her better than she knows herself by the end of the book, she feels like an old friend.
I read this book in one go and the tears streamed down my face for the last parts, i will never forget this book. It was touching and romantic but overwhelmingly honest. I love above all else how flawed Trigiani's characters are, the are real people and you regret their mistakes but are glad they made them as it makes them true to life.
Set aside a day and read this, you won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "carla3080" on 31 Mar. 2005
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After Trigiani's trilogy of Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon, I was hooked to this author. Lucia Lucia followed and was also great, but this book is by far her best. I couldnt put it down - I read it in one sitting. I laughed and I cried. I woulf thoroughy recommend this book to anyone. Fabulous!
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