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Set in the glittering, vibrant New York City of 1950, Lucia, Lucia is the enthralling story of a passionate, determined young woman whose decision to follow her heart changes her life forever.

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 a...more
ebook, 280 pages
Published July 8th 2003 by Random House
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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 more 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 prior...more
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 f...more
Elissa Hoole
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 th...more
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...more
I couldn't put this book down--I absolutely loved it. Lucia is a wonderful protagonist, and one with whom I completely related. The setting of the book is completely engaging, and I believed all the characters. Didn't love the bookend framing technique set in present day, but the rest of the book was so good, I was able to overlook it.
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 tra...more
Megan Culkin
As a fan of the Big Stone Gap books, I was eager to read more 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 c...more
Feb 01, 2008 Nataly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all friends who like to read a good book...
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 mot...more
I don't think 40 plus years working in a department store is happiness. The book focuses on the happy/sad events of one or two years of life, with the mink coat symbolizing that time. Lucia even says that she wears the coat because it is her life's story. Life isn't about a short time with decisions that decide the future. The future is chronically changing because of our decisions--even in our middle age. The writing kept me reading the book, but it lacks the personal values I hold as a person.
Nancy Steinle gummel
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 refu...more
Feb 05, 2009 Dorothy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who know who are first generation Italians
Recommended to Dorothy by: librarian at the Kearny library
Lucia, Lucia provides a picture of first generation Italian family life in New York's Little Italy from the 1950's to the present. Anyone who is Italian will recognize the stay at home mom, the family deli that is owned and operated by her father and her four brothers. Then there is Lucia, a hardworking, independent, woman who is ahead of her time.
Her independence is partly due to her father's support of her way of conducting her life. ( I loved him.) After all, Lucia is twenty-five. For all i...more
WOW!! A compelling and bittersweet novel. This is the fourth book of Trigiani's that I've read and she has become one of my 'favourite' authors. I didn't want this story to end!!

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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 rife with opportunities for talented girls with ambition, and Lucia becomes an apprentice to an up-and-coming designer at...more
Gambaran kehidupan warga keturunan Italia di Amerika. Lucia Lucia memikat saya..ehm, tak menyangka menarik hati. Kisah cinta Lucia, perempuan muda Italia di New York, bekerja sebagai penjahit untuk baju-baju pesanan yang eksklusif dan dikerjakan dengan tangan. Bukan hanya kisah cinta yang ada di buku ini.Didalamnya juga perdebatan soal perubahan peranan perempuan yang tidak hanya pada urusan domestik. Dalam hal ini peranan perempuan Itali ditengah masyarakat Amerika yang sudah melewati pergolaka...more
This was such a fun book to read! The author is an Italian-American and writes about Italian-American characters in her stories set in NY. This particular novel was set in the 1950s (it begins as modern-day, flashes back to 1950 for 2/3 of story, then back to modern-day again). I have read several other books by this author and notice a number of similar themes throughout her stories: Italian-American family, trips back to homeland of Italy, fashion-oriented, strong female lead, late to marry, "...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I absolutely loved this story!
With a few minor changes, Lucia could have been
my mom.

A compelling theme to me in a story is an
exploration of what could have been.
Lucia, Lucia is a story that touches on that theme.
Lucia is the most beautiful girl in
Greenwich Village and the only daughter
in an Italian Catholic family. She longs
to be a career woman yet she also loves
the close ties of her family. The book
begins with Lucia as an elderly woman,
telling the story of her life to a...more
Veronica Widya
well,, i cant say that i love this story. Because even its happy ending, Lucia dont have much happiness in her life. But i can say that this book is amazing! The writer is brilliant! i love how she tell about the family story in 1950's, and about the cultures. Like they still have strong religion, still lived with their parents til they married and also how they must keep her virginity til they married. Its really good story. Even it sounds ancient to the western, but believe it or not it still...more
Miss Leacock
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Okay, so you receive a box - handcarved of the finest wood with an intricate inlaid design, studded with gems and traced with gold filgree. The box is exquisite, and you are so excited to see what amazing gift it will contain. You lift the lid and find a silver bangle bracelet - nice enough, but certainly not equal to its container. That is how I felt about "Lucia, Lucia." The setting promises you a wonderful treat, but the plot is fairly ordinary. Even so, the book has a lot to recommend it. Th...more
This is the first book I've read of Trigiana's and I'll be putting her others on my TBR shelf. She really caught the atmosphere of the clothes, 1950s Greenwich village, big Italian families, food, everything to do with the senses. No happy ending here, which made it much more realistic to read. (copied review) Set in the glittering, vibrant New York City of 1950, Lucia, Lucia is the enthralling story of a passionate, determined young woman whose decision to follow her heart changes her life fore...more
S.C. Skillman
This is the first novel I've read by Adriana Trigiani (it was recommended to me by family members). I found the novel beguiling,and it perfectly evoked the life of an Italian family in 1950's New York, as well as the world of fashion in the Custom Department of a sophisticated department store. I loved the characters Trigiani describes, particularly her colleagues in B. Altman's, and her description of the holiday in Italy was sensuous.

I followed Lucia's story with a mixture of amusement and rec...more
There's no question that Ms. Trigiani can tell a story. I loved the setting of this book and Lucia is a compelling protagonist who is independent, talented and caring. It is the end of the book that leaves me feeling unsatisfied. I wanted fewer stories going on and more depth in the ones that were told. Is there room for a sequel covering Lucia's years between 25 and 75? It feels like the flashback device may have been added after the book was written to offer closure.
Still, I recommend the book...more
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. The a...more
I loved this book, but I guess it just didn't click for me when it climaxed towards the ending. I loved the setting, especially because it was in the fifties, and the fact that Lucia was in fashion. But I realize now that I am a sucker for happy endings, and I didn't find Lucia's ending to be absolutely happy. First, she was this girl that was way ahead of her time, and I loved that about her. She was determined and strong, but she's also quite naive. But then, there was one man, John Talbot, w...more
A young Italian girl gets a job designing clothing for a major department store. She is engaged and loving life, until...she meets a man who absolutely sweeps her off her feet. She dumps her fiance to marry this new stranger, but trouble puts her hopes of marriage and career on a different track. Ok story and characters. The writing is lots of dialogue and not very descriptive. Not very engaging, but a quick, fairly good read.
This is the first time in a good long while that a book has kept me up into the wee hours of the morning. After the second chapter, I couldn't put this book down.

Lucia is charming, naive, headstrong and loyal. The way she balanced her self-worth and professional drive with family love and responsibility made for an interesting tension in the story.

I thought the ending was rather abrupt, but the rest of the book was such fun!
JoAnne Pulcino

Adriana Trigiani

All of my good friends on Good Reads are reminding my of all the books I treasured before there was a Good Reads. This is definitely one of those books coupled with Ms. Trigiani's VALENTINE TRILOGY. The author has the ability to paint the vibrant, noisy, over the top Italian family just as the majority of them are with all their humor, brio and tenderness.

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Jan 29, 2008 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in New York in the past or sewing.
I just finished this book and I really liked it. It's set in New York City in the 1950's, which I loved and I also loved that the main character, Lucia, is a seamstress at the Custom Department in a major department store in Manhattan. This book told a story of a girl from a different time and the author did a great job of making the reader able to visualize what life was like during the 50's.
Madison Meljac-lehmann
Unfortunately this book was not as good as I hoped for and it wasn't because of the story line. I was disappointed with the consistent reuse of subject matter from the shoemakers b wife book. Some of the exact phrasing, such as father with cancer, exact phrase reuse about men's sleeves, ect. Since this was not supposed to be a continuation of a previous book it felt lazy.

The story of lucia to me was powerful and also realistic in its portrayal of the challenges of women in that Era between work...more
This was a terrific book. I felt completely immersed into Lucia's world as a young woman in Little Italy in New York City. The world she describes is vastly different than New York City today: department stores with custom design departments, ladies wearing gloves and hats, etc. This book is a wonderful escape that I highly recommend!
This book read like an old 1950's movie. You could just imagine the dresses, "career girls", and the big department stores. I pictured Carrie Grant as John Talbot. It was a fun read about a beautiful Italian girl trying to find love and success.
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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 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...more
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