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New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her humor, warmth, and captivating storytelling in the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia, takes on love, lust, tricky family dynamics, and home decorating in Rococo, the uproarious tale of a small Italian American town poised for a makeover it never expected.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dawn
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who read any of the Big Stone Gap books.
Recommended to Dawn by: I read all of Adriana Trigiani's books!
Adriana Trigiani is my favorite author. Even though this is not my favorite book by Adriana, it was still a very enjoyable read. Maybe it was a little bit harder for me to get into because I am used to her books having women as the main character. Still I enjoyed the quirky characters and all the references to Italian Americans. I have met Adriana in person and her vibrant attitude and humor comes through in her books. I can't wait until her next book comes out!
Jennifer
Nov 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: given-up-on
I've read other books by Adriana Trigiani and enjoyed her "Big Stone Gap" trilogy. I found this book too predictable, the characters more like caricatures. It was sent in the 1970's but written in 2005. It felt like the author did that more to be able to describe the bad fashion and decorating sensibilities than for any character development. Ultimately, I gave up and stopped reading because I just didn't care about what happened.
Eva
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book. Being of Italian descent I can easily relate to the behaviors, mannerisms, sayings and traditions covered in this book. This following excerpt from the book describes it so very accurately and beautifully: "We have a way of being as a family that is purely Italian, beginning with the food we eat and ending with the regalia of our funerals. The care we take with our recipes, the slow preparation of the food, the retelling of old stories with the same familiar punch lines, ...more
Yvonne
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books ever! Very entertaining!
Alison
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adriana Trigiani's words + Mario Cantone's voice = perfect together in this entertaining audio book!

The year is 1970. The place is New Jersey. Enter Bartolomeo di Crespi, the interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey (OLOF for short). Affectionately known as "B", he is a middle-aged bachelor with a large, colorful Italian-American family firmly situated in South Jersey. (Those of us from North Jersey understand my need to state this fact). B travels to London, Italy and New York City
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Sheila DeChantal
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
There is no secret that I adore Adriana Trigiani. She is an amazing woman, writer, and author. I have been lucky enough to spend time with her and this is where I stumbled on to this treasure of audio. Adriana is an amazing story-teller.... not only in her books, but in everyday life. Recently at a lunch in New York, Adriana shared stories about her books and about her good friend Mario recording Rococo. (You may recognize Mario from the Sex In The City movie).

When I left that luncheon I knew I
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Carolyn Agosta
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Adriana Trigiani's "Rococo" does not evoke the 1970 I knew, but then I lived in split-level midwest suburbia, not moneyed New Jersey, and I was young (a mere babe, an infant. Practically in utero.) However, it certainly does evoke the Italian families I knew, and have had the privilege to join.

I was a bit misled by the front cover art, thinking the main character would be a woman and even a bit deceived by B's voice, so that it was a bit of a jolt to realize he was a man. Sometimes the referenc
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Gloria Bernal
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved this! Just the first few chapters draw you into the setting. You want to be sitting next to this guy on that porch looking at the sunrise and anticipating what's next. Well written, character driven novel about a male interior designer - not gay :) but delightful, who lives in a small Italian-based town, and wants to renovate the local Cathedral. All of the characters are wonderful. I hated for it to end. I love interior design and travel, so I loved him going to Europe and studying the wo ...more
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
I know, I know. I said in my In My Mailbox post last week that I was going to save Rococo for later, since I've been reading a lot of Adriana Trigiani lately and I want to make her books last. But, I have no self-control. That is why I read compulsively! I just couldn't return Rococo to the library without reading it.

I love all things Adriana Trigiani so I was shocked that I didn't like Rococo more than I did. I had a hard time getting into the book---it wasn't until I was about halfway through
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Laura
Apr 17, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
Will not rate as I just couldn't continue this one. I love her Italian immigrant family stories but this one was too "fluffy" for me. It was like an Italian version of the 1980s "Momma's Family". Too over the top and the funny is just too corny. Not to mention that I have a hard time believing that an Italian man who doesn't enjoy sex very much but loves everything interior design and describes fabrics in the same way Zsa Zsa Gabor would describe her best mink is straight... And in the 1970s... ...more
Sue
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. There has not been one A Trigiani book that I have not enjoyed!!!! I did find myself skimming paragraphs in the first few chapters with in depth detail of how rooms were decorated. But as usual the characters of this book and all her others are top notch.
Treat yourself to one of her books! I am a huge fan so I will read all of her books!!! My very favorite is The Big Stone Gap Series (3 stories) that I will keep on my shelf forever!!! I can only say that about a ver
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Varun Singh
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written. It will make you fall in love with the Italian architecture. It also give a glance at the catholic Christan culture and there practices.
Contrariwise
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
If you ever wanted to know what it's like to live in NJ... if you're homesick for NJ, this book will take you there with plenty of details and vivid characters.
Karen
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While her books would never be classified as great literature, I love Trigiani's light Italian family books, and Rococo is right up there with the rest of them. This book's main character, Bartolomeo di Crespi, is a successful and much sought after 40 year old interior decorator. He designs homes and rooms within the homes to suit not just the surroundings, but the person for whom he is decorating, choosing accessories, colors, and furniture with care. The cast of characters in B's home town, wh ...more
Sarah
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Just before leaving on my most recent car trip I couldn't help but grab an Adriana Trigiani audiobook when it crossed my path. Normally I avoid abridged audiobooks like the plague, but I didn't notice this was abridged until after I started it, so I figured I might as well finish it. I have to say that this is easily my least favorite Trigiani book, and I hate to admit that may only be because it is different. While there are still plenty of Italian Americans in a small town setting, this story ...more
Katie
My feelings about this book were perfectly quoted by Dawn: "Adriana Trigiani is my favorite author. Even though this is not my favorite book by Adriana, it was still a very enjoyable read. Maybe it was a little bit harder for me to get into because I am used to her books having women as the main character." I perhaps said these exact words to my husband as I was reading the novel! I don't understand that if the main character is a male why there is a female in high heels pictured on the front co ...more
Amara
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
*spoiler kinda* 2 1/2? If it weren't for the interview with the author, I wouldn't have known what she was trying to put across with her main character: that the artist needs solitude and space to create, his family intruded on that, he lived alone for that reason? I kept waiting for him to click with someone that seemed to happen then fizzle, I'd wonder if he was gay? I thought he found his inspiration to create then another artist called him on it and said he was copping out? I think she coul ...more
Mark
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not as riveting as the Big Stone Gap trilogy, but another fine effort by Ms Trigiani. Bartolomeo, known as B to family and friends, is a heterosexual interior decorator, living and working on the New Jersey Shore in 1970. The interaction with his extended family and many friends provide lots of laughs as B gets his fondest wish and then experiences creative brain freeze. The dialogue is hilarious at times and the evocation of miriad relatives almost makes it necessary to keep notes to keep them ...more
Francine
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am about 3/4 of the way through this one. I have read some of the author's other books...all just wonderfully entertaining. This one is more of the same...dessert for your soul. Trigiani gives a wonderful idea of what the Italian-American experience was in the middle of the last century. Having grown up in a similar situation, I find myself laughing and thinking of my own Italian-American childhood! Go find her books if you need to relax and laugh! Despite the "lightness" of this novel, there ...more
Priyanka
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Made me go back to one of my first loves: Cooking (particularly desserts). I have already made her Our Lady of Drown Your Sorrows cake with heavenly frosting twice... and it's as yummy as the book!
As for the decor theme, every black-on-white page is like splash of colours. Has made me keep changing the look of my cosy apartment.
Most certainly, one of my favourites.
Cindy
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun! I loved the male perspective and all the quirky lovable characters and the sweet story line. It had me laughing out loud a few times!
Jennifer
May 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Well, I did something I VERY rarely do. . . I stopped reading this book. I just couldn't get into it at all. I thought the characters were horrid, and I couldn't feel the least bit of interest, warmth, or compassion towards any of them. Perhaps the book does get better as it goes along, but as I get older, I'm finding that I'd just as soon move onto something that really draws me in from the start, than waste my time on something I just don't look forward to reading.
Lynn
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful, charming, and very funny story about an Italian family in New Jersey. Bartolomeo is 40 - single, successful interior designer (and he is straight) living in a small town in NJ. His dream job would be to renovate his old church - Our Lady of Fatima - and he finally gets his chance.

as the story unfolds, we meet his vast, quirky, very Italian family - which makes for a very humorous read.

Loved every page!
Nancy Wilkinson
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adriana Trigiani certainly knows how to tell a story! She never disappoints and can be counted on for interesting characters and backgrounds rich with all things Italian. In this gem we are also shown a rich appreciation for color and beauty and how the visual can affect the spiritual. A cast of zany family and friends provides a fun and sometimes silly backdrop, and at the same time, become the main theme of the book. Brava, Ms. Trigiani, again!
Linda
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Bartolomeo di Crespi, a talented interior designer, receives the assignment of his dreams. He is hired to redesign his Catholic church. As he takes on the daunting project, he deals with self-doubt, family drama and the demands of the parish priest. Replete with humor and lush descriptions, Bartolomeo's journey of self-discovery will delight fans of Trigiani's other novels like Lucia, Lucia.
Molly
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I would give it a 3.5 if I could. I just love Adriana Trigiani - my favorite author! I really enjoyed this book - especially Toot! but it wasn't as good as the Big Stone Gap or Lucia series. I listened to the audiobook version of Rococo and the narrator has the best Jersey accent. Highly recommend the audiobook :)
Hannah
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you are really into interior design circa 1970 and care little about anything else this is the book for you. There was a story within the story about a sweet, unexpected and unaccepted romance which should have really been the focus. Capri would have been a more interesting main character than full of himself B. Sadly this was a miss from one of my all time favorite authors.
Elizabeth
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: defenestrated
A quarter of the way through I realized the main plot was about "renovating" an American gothic church in the 70s... GAG. THE HORROR. It was excruciating to listen to all the things I hate about liturgical renovations from that era. The fun, complex characters were not enough to mitigate my aesthetic sensibilities being constantly assaulted.
Jane Benstock
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
What can I say? I laughed through the entire book, which I listened to. The narrator was great. Intentionally extreme with his NY accent, I found myself smiling the whole time. Was it great literature? No, but every once in a while I need a feel good book like this. I've never read a Trigiani book I didn't like.
Mary Beth
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story by this author. I have four more to go and hope she continues along the same lines. I love the imagery that I get when I read these stories. I can picture myself living amongst the neighborhoods and communities she writes about.
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