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Kiss Carlo

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  6,819 ratings  ·  995 reviews
From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times-bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativitythe story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.

It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Harper
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Terri Hunter
I've read every novel Adriana Trigiani has written and while Kiss Carlo is not awful, it's certainly my least favorite of her works. It seemed to try to tell the story of too many people without making me care all that much for many of them. That said, a highlight of the book was the friendship that developed between Hortense and Minna. I'd like to have known more about Hortense, her background, her marriage, her children and more about Minna, too. I'd also liked to have known more about Nicky's ...more
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Sitting down with a new Trigiani novel, is like opening a box of chocolates. Not quite sure what’s under the coating, but knowing it will be sweet and tasty. It’s like visiting an old friend. I know I’m in for some delights, some words of wisdom, a tear or two, some chuckles, and some salivating in these Italian kitchens. This novel will take you from South Philly to Roseto, Italy, its sister city, Roseto, PA and to New York, in 1949, post WWII, a remarkable era.

On her website she states that s
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd find it hard to say "no" when offered a taste of Trigiani. I truly adored The Shoemaker's Wife. Still, I've also glanced at other novels she penned and felt immediately turned off. But, the adoration won out and I happily signed up to receive an advance edition of this novel (which came with lipstick!).

Although it takes a few trips...including to Italy and to a small town in PA...this book's heart is in Philadelphia. Nicky is growing up in a bustling family, adopted by an Aunt and Uncle when
Ashley Tighe stona
I'm disappointed for the first time ever. I've read all of Adriana's books, and I was so excited for this one to come out. But it dragged and felt disjointed and kind of all over the place. I kept feeling like certain things were supposed to carry more significance than they were. I still adore Adriana, but I was happy to finish this.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Linda Zagon
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Edelweiss and Harper Collins for an ARC(advanced reading copy) of "Kiss Carlo" by Adriana Trigiani for my honest review.

The genres of this novel are Women's Fiction and Historical Fiction.

The timeline of this story is 1949, after the war. The story takes place in a little Italian town, South Philly and New York in the United States.

In Southern Philly, there are two brothers feuding over land that had belonged to their father when he was alive. This feud splits the large fam
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really needed to read something light and joyful. Kiss Carlo was just the ticket.
It is the story of a humorous funny Italian family and all their drama.
It is set in post WWII Philadelphia and also Roseto Valfortore, Italy.
They are many characters to be woven into this family saga and all are very entertaining. We even meet up with Shakespeare.
It is a warm hearted novel that I needed to read right now, If you are looking for a light hearted read, I highly recommend this book.
This book was selected as the 2019 "Everyone's Reading" title for several libraries in the area, and I was selected as the librarian to lead some book discussions on it at work. I've never read anything by Trigiani before, but she's pretty popular, so I was excited to start reading. I found the story boring, poorly edited, rambling, and 300 pages too long. We were expected to care about too many one-sided characters that weren't particularly interesting. After a month, I am proud of myself for f ...more
Julie  Durnell
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I simply inhaled this book while on vacation! I have read most of Trigiani's books and I would consider this her best. The characters are real and easy to warm up to! A beautiful slice of Italian life in Philadelphia circa 1940's.
Not quite the family saga that she's written before - focuses mainly on late 1940s and early 1950s. I felt it was overlong. I liked the story and the observations about family.
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Adriana Trigiani has gone back to her roots with her latest book, KISS CARLO. It’s the story of a large Italian American family that’s set in Philadelphia in the 1950s. When brothers Dom and Mike have a falling out, they form rival cab companies and go their separate ways but they’re always aware of what the other is doing. I admit to being somewhat biased when it comes to Trigiani’s books but I think this one may be her best one yet. I was charmed and captivated by this well-crafted family saga ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Trigiani book! With humor, insight, and craziness the author brings to life an Italian-American family whose roots will always be in Italy! I would love to have dinner with the Palazzini family. Never a dull moment at that meal! A solid 4 stars for this delightful 500+ read.
NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this enthralling novel from TLC Book Tours for an honest (and honestly enthusiastic!) review.

This wonderful novel was my introduction to Adriana Trigiani, who is now one of my favorite authors! With Kiss Carlo, she has delivered a totally riveting, compelling story that actually plays like a movie from the year in which these events take place -- 1949.

I was so captivated by the book's cover, when I first saw it, that I decided to take the risk of going out
Suze Lavender
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1949 and Nicky Castone works as a cab driver for the family company. He's an orphan and his uncle Dominic Palazzini has taken him in. Nicky is engaged to Peachy, but after seven years he still hasn't agreed to set a date for the wedding. Nicky secretly spends his evenings in Calla's Shakespeare theater, where he does all kinds of different jobs behind the scenes. When he gets the chance to act, because there is nobody else, he finally finds his passion. He continues following it, but after ...more
Kristin (Always With a Book)
Full review to be posted on blog.

*Love Adriana Trigiani's books and this one was no exception!
*Totally swept up in this family saga.
*Great, well-developed characters
*And that cover - it's gorgeous - you could totally judge this book by the cover, not that I ever would ;)
*I listened to the audio because of the narrator - Edoardo Ballerini's voice is amazing - like a tall drink of cool water. Had to listen when I saw he was narrating - & it was amazing!!! Great pairing - AT's story and EB's narr
mindful.librarian ☀️
LOVELY 🌺 This delicious book was just as good as I hoped it would be and was well worth the wait! Trigiani is hands-down one of my very favorite authors and this book gave me all the epic Italian family feels that I expected it would! I loved the post-WWII Philadelphia setting and brief glimpses of Italy throughout the book, along with the theater storyline. There is a lot more that I loved, but I don’t want to give anything away. Highly recommend to anyone who likes historical and family fictio ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another book that I loved, by author Adriana Trigiani!
Marti Wilson
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loooved this book. I was a little hesitant to read this because this is my very favorite writer snd her last book was not my favorite, but I loved it. The characters just jump off the pages and into your heart. I don't know how she keeps so many stories going at one time. Sure hope there is going to be a sequel. Looooove.
Debbie Marinelli
I loved this book. It reminded me of Moonstruck, a quirky, funny Italian family with lots of crazy characters but the characters were sincere and real. The story also reminded me of A Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler. Not much of plot but a great journey over time with some great characters as they evolve, grow and share with us what they learned along the way.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this, but about 100 pages in, I just couldn't. It was too drawn out. And I really like Nicky, wanted to hear what happened.....
I always look forward to a new Adriana Trigiani book. I feel like I am an honorary Italian when I read her books, filled with family, food, romance and people with a good work ethic.

Trigiani's latest novel, Kiss Carlo, is a big, beautiful novel, stuffed with all of the above and more. The story begins in Roseto Valfatore, Italy in 1949, with Carlo, the ambassador, heading to Roseto, Pennsylvania to seek help from some Italian-Americans in rebuilding their road.

From there, we meet the Palazzini b
The cover is to die for and you can judge a book by its cover. I'm a Adriana Trigiani fan and have read all of them. She never disappoints. I'm so happy that I received an ARC thanks to a book blogger page on Facebook.

Even though this book was 500+ pages, it was fast reading and these two families meshed well together -- except for the brothers Mike & Dom who had a falling out almost 20 years ago until almost the end of the book. So much going on in this book and not just with the families eith
Lisa Montanaro
Adriana does it again! Loved this book. It takes you deep into the goings on of an Italian American family in post WWII Philadelphia. The protagonist is a young veteran of the war who is an orphan that lives with his aunt and uncle and their big crazy Italian family. He gets bitten by the acting bug after working in a theater part time performing Shakespeare. In order to be true to himself, he needs to turn his back on many of the trappings of a typical Italian American life for a male at that t ...more
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Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I simply could not put this book down and read it in two sittings! Kiss Carlo is a fast-paced historical romance novel that takes you back in time to the 1940's and 1950's. The book cover does not do this love story justice. The characters are truly captivating making them feel like a member of your family or a close friend. I really enjoyed the way the author describes the setting making it a beautiful backdrop for a steamy romantic read. 
This has some excellent moments and captures the neighborhood mores, but it is just too long with too much. Not my favorite and not the poorest choice I've read by this author. Too much Peachy dramatics and I'll get the style review and larger reaction when I have a keyboard of size available. Needed a massive edit and it would have been a 4.
Either Trigiani is the Italian-American Maeve Binchy, or Maeve Binchy is the Irish Adriana Trigiani. It doesn't matter, but both create light-hearted stories about families and friends, and I enjoy both.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the ending, but boy did it take a long time to get there...
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
It's 1949 and Calla Borelli's father owns a run down theater in South Philly that only shows Shakespearean plays, so obviously, it is struggling a bit. Calla works there, because along with her father, it's her passion, but she is not sure how it will stay open much longer. Nicky Castone works at the theater and also his family's cab company. He is an orphan and his aunt has taken him in, so he lives with his extended family in South Philly. His Uncle Dom's cab company competes with his estrange ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the author talking about her book on the Today Show and went to check it out of the library. The book was good with a plot I haven't had much of before. The only reason I gave this three stars was because I felt like the story ended and resolved everything and then would start again. It went through about three waves of that and I wasn't sure of the direction of the book. But it was good and I would recommend it.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy a book from my favorite author and she never disappoints! The cover of this book is beautiful to the eye and the story within the pages is beautiful to the heart and mind. I loved the scenes that took place in Roseto, PA and it was a nice
change to have an Italian American family from Philadelphia instead of NYC. Trigiani has a knack for describing places that make you feel like you are part of the story. Although this would not make it to the top of my list of her books, it was s
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Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her "dazzling" novels (USA Today), Adriana Trigiani is “a master of palpable and visual detail” (Washington Post) and “a comedy writer with a heart of gold” (New York Times). She is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books in fiction and nonfiction, published in 38 languages, making her one of the most sought after speakers in the ...more

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