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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 post-divorce 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 soiree at the Plaza Hotel, Rococo is Trigiani's masterpiece, a classic comedy with a heart of gold leaf.
©2005 Adriana Trigiani; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
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By Kindle Customer on 06-28-05

I wanna be Italian!

I was really surprised by this one. The characters are funny and loveable. Lots of plot twists in this light hearted novel about a warm, wonderful family and not a single wise guy in the bunch. Great character development pushes the story along. I used to be a decorator and I used to live in New Jersey and that is the only reason I bought it but it far exceeded my expectations. I will see if any more of her novels are on audio. My only criticism is that since the novel took place in 1970 and there were several young men in the family, why weren't any of them worried about the draft? Other than naming a baby "Moonstone," there weren't too many references to the time period. A few changes and it could have taken place in the present day. Perhaps the author felt that in the present day, the families are not as tight.

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By Patricia on 11-07-10

Delightful listening experience

Bartolomeo deCrespi - New Jersey interior decorator, devoted brother and uncle, Italian-American, devout Catholic - dreams of restoring his beloved church, Our Lady of Fatima. The narration by Stephen Hoye was perfect in conveying the heart and soul of this man, his family, and his community. The depiction of religious faith was appealing without being either contentious or evangelical - unusual in today's opinionated culture. Light-hearted entertainment at its best.

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