Lucia, Lucia

  • by Adriana Trigiani
  • Narrated by Mira Sorvino
  • 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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. Lucia is surrounded by richly drawn New York characters, including her best friend, the quick-witted fashion protigi Ruth Kaspian; their boss, Delmarr, B. Altman's head designer and glamorous man-about-town; her devoted brothers, Roberto, Orlando, Angelo, and Exodus, self-appointed protectors of the jewel of the family; and her doting father, Antonio. Filled with the warmth and humor that have earned Adriana Trigiani hundreds of thousands of devoted readers with her Big Stone Gap trilogy, Lucia, Lucia also bursts with a New York sensibility that shows the depth and range of this beloved author. As richly detailed as the couture garments Lucia sews, as emotional as the bonds in her big Italian family, it is the story of one woman who believes that in a world brimming with so much promise, she can, and should be able to, have it all.

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What the Critics Say

"Delightfully quirky...chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists." (People)
"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday." (The New York Times Book Review)
"This is an engaging, well-told tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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The black sheep's review

I feel like the black sheep... but I didn't find this book as great as the other people who reviewed it did...

I gave it three stars nonetheless because it features a fluid plot, easy and pleasant, however I just can't get into the storyline, even if Mira Sorvino did a fantastic job by narrating it(especially in the parts when she cried).
This book with an obvious cutsy and superficial plot was trying so hard to earn depth and emotion but it just didn't make it into my heart...
At first I was mad that I had accidentally purchased the abridged version but in the end i was glad because I don't think I would have been able to enjoy much more of it.

A piece of advice: looking for a light and fresh reading? Go for "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" or even better, if you prefer something deeper "The Secret Life of Bees" <--- a very spiritual book that still has me thinking about life and destiny...
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- Federica

Great summer listening!

Entertaining and enlightening look at life for young women in the 1950's. Great time-passer, safe for family listening!
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio