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Lucia, Lucia

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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 chil ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Fawcett Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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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
Elissa Hoole
Oct 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Oct 02, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chic-lit
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
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This will definitely go into my "favorites" bookshelf. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Although funny and heartwarming most of the time, the story did have some very sad moments but isn't that how life is anyway? Lucia Sartori is the kind of leading female character I adore. She is strong-willed with the courage to step outside of the stereotypical gender-role boundaries of the 1950s (specially in a Catholic Italian home). Lucia is the only daughter in a family of five children. As the girl, he ...more
Erica T
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! This was my first Adriana Trigiani book and definitely will not be my last. Lucia was such a beautiful character that I absolutely fell in love with. The time, the location, the Italian all weaved together to make a story that just resonated in me. I loved the loyalty and love the family showed each other, and the way they recovered and got stronger after setbacks. Even though she was a minor character, I have to say Rosemary was also one of my favorites. What a s ...more
Megan Culkin
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars? 3.5 stars? Somewhere in that range

Not sure what to say about this book. Lucia's priorities, at least initially, were different from mine. That caused me to sort of think a tiny bit negatively about her. She ended up growing on me even though I didn't always enjoy her decisions and choices. Parts of the story were sad and hard to hear about. I did really enjoy the clothing descriptions and the talk about the department store and the changes it underwent over time. I liked the Italian fam
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mary Carlomagno
Adriana captures my heart again with the tale of Lucia Sartori, a fashion forward Italian living in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1950s. Who doesn't love a career girl story centered around family, friendship and love? I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic page turner. The characters were real, relatable and charming. The Italian family drama is captured beautifully. My only complaint is that I lost some beauty rest so that I could finish it!
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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!!

From back cover:

"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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The visual images in this book were so elegant and amazing. The story is bittersweet, but I love the descriptions, the very fifties ideas and attitudes, as well as the very Italian attitudes. I did want Lucia to find the right person - I knew it wasn't Dante or John. I'm glad for the closure she receives at the end, and the way she reacts to the closure. I love her friends and her family, in spite of their faults. They are realistic, not idealized. I find myself disappointed by her nephews.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and enjoyable book!
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
In 1950, Lucia Sartori is the most beautiful girl in Greenwich Village, New York. She is a talented dressmaker at an exclusive store, but is expected to give up her job to get married and become a housewife. However, Lucia has other ideas, and is determined to be as independent as possible. That is until handsome and charismatic John Talbot comes into the store and sweeps her off her feet. Lucia falls hard and falls fast, but she and John have several obstacles to overcome, not least her very tr ...more
Emma Craven
I really need to stop reading Adriana Trigiani's books at work. It's becoming harder to deny that the tears are just from wearing my contacts for too long of a time.

“The good things that happen to us were meant to happen, and the bad things that happen are lessons meant to teach us to be better.”

Another beautiful story by Trigiani.
The characters, the culture, the love, the heartbreak.
I really can't get enough.

This is the second novel written by Trigiani that I have read. I really appreciate he
Veronica Widya
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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
May 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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
I have just finished listening to Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani and I loved it!!! The author has done a wonderful job with this novel, giving the reader a wonderful view into live in a NYC Italian-immigrant family beginning in the 1950's.

Lucia, Lucia written by Adriana Trigiani is not great literature, nor is it incredibly well-written. It is, however, a nice peephole into the time period. Lucia, the main character of the story loves her job as a seamstress for one of the finest department s
S.C. Skillman
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
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
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Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her “dazzling” novels, (USA Today) Adriana Trigiani is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books in fiction and nonfiction. She is published in 35 countries around the world.

Adriana is also a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. “A comedy writer with a heart of gold,” (New York Times) Adriana is the award-winning d
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