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Publisher's Summary

Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. To date, Bartolomeo has hand-selected every chandelier, sconce, and ottoman in OLOF, so when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man for the job. Trigiani's glittering mosaic of small-town characters sparkles: Bartolomeo's hilarious sister, Toot, is in desperate need of a postdivorce transformation, 13 years after the fact; "The Benefactor", Aurelia Mandelbaum, the richest woman in New Jersey, has a lust for French interiors and a long-held hope that Bartolomeo will marry her myopic daughter, Capri; Father Porporino, the pastor with a secret, does his best to keep a lid on a simmering scandal; and Eydie Von Gunne, the chic international designer, steps in and changes the course of Bartolomeo's creative life, while his confidante, cousin Christina Menecola, awaits rescue from an inconsolable grief.
Brilliantly funny and as fanciful as flocked wallpaper, filled with glamorous locales from New Jersey to Europe, from Sunday Mass to the American Society of Interior Designers soirée at the Plaza Hotel, Rococo is Trigiani's masterpiece, a classic comedy with a heart of gold leaf.
©2005 Adriana Trigiani; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Fiction
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5 out of 5 stars
By Aaron on 10-21-05

A delightful story with a hilarious read

This is a title that is not to be missed! Download and listen to it TODAY! It made me laugh out loud on the subway. For anyone with a big family, especially Italian, Adriana Trigiani's characters are instantly identifiable. Her plot is unique and unpredictable; I couldn?t stop listening to it.
Mario Cantone's read sparkles with fantastic character voices that bring this story to life. I think I know or have met every one in this tale. I've already told my mother to listen to it, and will suggest it to more of my family.
A very enjoyable listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alison's on 07-06-11

Don't Miss Mario Cantone reading Rococo!

Adriana Trigiani's words + Mario Cantone's voice = perfect together in this entertaining audio book!

If you are like me and only really know of Mario Cantone from Sex and the City, you will be as pleasantly surprised as I to find out just how talented this man is! The VOICES! It was so easy to forget that there was only one person reading this book - there could have easily been 10 people in that studio!

I feel like I spent a few days with my nose pressed up against the window of B's well decorated house in New Jersey. Adriana Trigiani has a way of opening up her heart and allowing her readers unrestricted access to her fictional families - the di Crespis are no exception.

Bartolomeo de Crespi is an interior decorator, and Adriana Trigiani doesn't allow her readers to pass a wall, a chandelier, or a swatch of fabric without bringing it to life - from the beautiful textiles of the legendary fabric houses of New York City to the frescoes of Italy all the way to the tacky plastic sofa covers of south Jersey. More important than the decor, Adriana has a way of decorating her books with characters that are so alive and colorful, one can't help but feel like one of the family.

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