- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; New Ed edition (5 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416522670
- ISBN-13: 978-1416522676
- ASIN: 0743462262
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lucia, Lucia Paperback – 5 Apr 2004
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'A nostalgic tale told with warmth and humour - use a handkerchief as a bookmark' -- DAILY MAIL
A tender tale of being torn between family, career and love -- COMPANY
The author of BIG STONE GAP triumphs again -- HEAT
Trigiani has a gift for creating the atmosphere of the past very entertaining and accomplished -- GOOD BOOK GUIDE
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It is 1950 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I chose this book because it was set the year my Mom and Dad got married and it had a connection with Italy (a country I love). I do not normally read books set in the 1950's as I have trouble emphasising with the characters; but with Lucia I had no problems.
Lucia is a confident, positive and pretty Italian/American. Who is fighting against the role that society what her to fulfil. She lives with a large and loving family and works with some marvellous people and meets her true-love during the book.
I read the whole book in a week and would have dearly loved to take a day off work to read the whole book in one go it was so intriguing.
One of the best things was that at the end of the book we jump back into 2004, for an update on what happened to everyone, which gave the story are really complete ending.
But as soon as I started to read it, I couldn't put it down!
Loved its simple style and simple story and could imagine each character very clearly.
It took me less that 3 days to read this, and its been a while since a book has made me want to keep reading!
This book I couldn't put down!
I read this is a record space of time & then passed it onto a friend whocouldn't put it down either!
The story is simple, but a good one.
A story of Italians in America and their changing fortunes.
I read this thinking what producer hasn't seen its potential, ok maybe notas a movie but a TV series or glossy one off?
It came alive & was utterly refreshing as she didn't resort to overtsexual liasons/ bad language , just a simple story, simply told.
Set in New York in the late 40's/early 50's, this is the story of anItalian beauty/haute couture seamstress (which comes first?- this is thedilemma running through the book..) struggling to maintain her ownidentity and financial independence despite radical changes in industry inpost-war America, and pressure from her loving and well-meaning family andfriends.
I thoroughly enjoyed Trigiani's writing, and found it a completelyabsorbing read - couldn't put it down! Highly recommended!
Read it, it's 'unputdownable'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a brilliant book, I love it.
The last sentence gets me every time, causes me to well up.
Highly recommended - you will adore this story. The character appears initially as an elderly lady living alone and as her story unfolds - it captures the very essence of how an... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kelly
A lovely compeling story, once I started the book, I couldn't put it down. The story takes you back to 50's New York and I got hooked on the simplicity of the story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sally J. Budd
I loved this book from start to finish! Instantly, you are transported to the 1950s in New York. I loved hearing about all the fashions at the time.Published 22 months ago by Jackanory