The Supreme Macaroni Company (Valentine Trilogy #3)

The Supreme Macaroni Company (Valentine Trilogy #3)

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by Adriana Trigiani

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In The Shoemaker's Wife Adriana Trigiani swept her readers across generations of an Italian family, from the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, she weaves a heartbreaking story that begins on the eve of a wedding in New York's

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In The Shoemaker's Wife Adriana Trigiani swept her readers across generations of an Italian family, from the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, she weaves a heartbreaking story that begins on the eve of a wedding in New York's Greenwich Village, travels to New Orleans, and culminates in Tuscany. Family, work, romance, and the unexpected twists of life and fate all come together in an unforgettable narrative that Adriana Trigiani's many fans will adore.

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Library Journal - Audio
Valentine Roncalli, a shoemaker and designer in her family's business, marries her leather tanner Gianluca, who is 20 years older, and the son of Valentine's grandmother's new husband. After their honeymoon, they return to their lives, but not all is bliss; Val is tied to New York, and Gianluca is bound to Italy. The story is typical Trigiani, but fans of the trilogy (Very Valentine; Brava Valentine), who like their romantic endings happy, should be warned: this does not end as they would want. This will not deter most listeners, however. Reader Cassandra Campbell continues to give voice to the characters in the trilogy and does a credible job at subtle changes among the numerous characters. VERDICT Purchase where Trigiani's works are popular. ["Val's eccentric family keeps the book going at a quick pace, distracting readers from Val's insecure baby steps toward marital bliss," read the review of the Harper hc, LJ 10/1/13.]—Suanne Roush, Seminole, FL
“New York ambition clashes with dolce vita ease in Trigiani’s delicious latest. . . . Feisty and poignant . . . Readers will root for Valentine and the lessons she learns—which apply equally to designing elegant shoes and to crafting a rewarding life.”
Library Journal
Trigiani's latest (after The Shoemaker's Wife) introduces readers to Val Roncalli, shoemaker and member of a boisterously loud Italian American family that always keeps things interesting. Fiercely independent and set in her ways, Val shocks everyone on Christmas Eve, during a routine family fight, when she announces that Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner, has proposed to her. More shocking is that Val has accepted. The two are married quickly, plunging Val into a lifestyle so alien she nearly demands a divorce. Slowly, she comes to accept her new life and the meaning of love and marriage. VERDICT Val's eccentric family keeps the book going at a quick pace, distracting readers from Val's insecure baby steps toward marital bliss. Recommended for all Trigiani fans and those who've enjoyed a good cookie table (an Italian tradition commonly seen at weddings in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia). [See Prepub Alert, 6/3/13.]—Mara Dabrishus, Ursuline Coll. Lib., Pepper Pike, OH

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Valentine Trilogy Series, #3
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Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemaker’s Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She has written the screenplay for her debut novel Big Stone Gap, which she will also direct. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Roseto, Pennsylvania; (Grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia)
B.A. in Theatre from Saint Mary¿s College

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The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 48 reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Although you may not know it from the title, The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani is the third book in the saga of Valentine Roncalli, following Brava, Valentine and Very Valentine. We pick up our story on Christmas Eve as Valentine and her fiance Gianluca are headed to Christmas Eve with the raucous Roncalli family. My favorite scene in all three books has been the family holiday dinner scene; it doesn't matter if it is Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve, these scenes are pure joy. Trigiani makes the reader feel like she is a guest, and you'll want to pull up a chair for this party. There is Aunt Feen, who says everything that is on her mind, and that is not a good thing. When Valentine's father Dutch gets nervous, he confuses words to everyone's embarrassment. Her brother Charlie just lost his job and is getting roaring drunk. And just as Valentine has second thoughts about subjecting Gianluca to this,"On cue, as dramatized in the biblical epics, the Israelites came pouring from out of the living room as they did during the parting of the Red Sea. In this sweet, small house, they appeared like a cast of thousands, except that unlike the people of peace, my family was arguing. They shouted. They shoved. They threw their hands in the air. "Valentine is trying to have it all, but as most of us know, that is impossible to do all at the same time. Angelini Shoe Company, her shoe design and manufacturing business, is going great guns, until her cousin who owns the manufacturing plant in Argentina that makes her shoes decides to close her plant. And so Valentine has to find another manufacturer, not an easy task for her labor intensive shoe creations. Thus the title of the book comes into play. The Supreme Macaroni Company is an old closed plant in the midwest that could possibly be the answer for Angelini Shoes, and I particularly enjoyed this part of the novel. Trigiani gives the reader a look at the challenges facing small business owners, the backbone of our American economy, and I liked that her family is so involved in saving the business begun by her grandfather. And Valentine has to balance work with family life. Gianluca left his family back in Italy to move to New York with his fiancee. He sacrificed much to make his wife happy, and is seems as if Valentine is not appreciative of this. The author laces this novel with her trademark humor, though the reader senses something tragic lay ahead. Soon Valentine has to dig deep within herself, and allow herself to rely on those surrounding her, to make it through. Reading Trigiani's novels is like catching up with a good friend, and I always look forward to a new novel from her. Her characters are interesting and have a sense of reality about them; they could be your friends or family. (Who wouldn't want a best friend like Gabriel?) These novels are a treat for all of your senses. You can see the beautiful shoes she designs in your mind's eye, and smell the delicious food being prepared for Christmas Eve. They are screaming out to be put up on the big (or little) screen. I also must mention the cover of this book. Trigiani's last novel, The Shoemaker's Wife, featured a gorgeous book cover and The Supreme Macaroni Company follows in that vein with a beautifully rich cover. What is on the outside more than matches the inside of this lovely novel that will touch your heart. This is a book to give your sister, sister-in-law or girlfriend this holiday season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don,t understand the ones that were disapointed this is a wonderful continuation of valentines and gianluca story, read it you will NOT be disapointed!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the previous books... she called this one in. Poor character development, unimaginative story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to this 3rd book in the Valentine Trilogy, but was so disappointed. I have enjoyed many of Adriana's books, especially the Valentine series and The Shoemaker's Wife. This book was TERRIBLE. The story was not good, there a errors in the text [such as locations and relations]. After waiting so long for this to come out, it was a complete let down.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The third book finds Valentine, newly engaged as it starts just moments after the second book ended.  She gets married and then must start living as a married woman when she has spent many many years single.  I loved the juggling act of family, career and lifestyle and trying to please each part of her life all at the same time - it is such a theme that many women now have to deal with and the juxtaposition of her Italian husband who has a different view of what a woman's role should be. A complete twist at the end took this book to a completely different level than the last two and really made me feel the closure of the trilogy.  I can't believe Trigiani went there but when I finished reading the book, I was glad she did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of Trigiani's previous books, but this one was horrible. Very poorly written, seemed like a rush job. Did she really write this? Waste of time and money.
DC2London More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, sort of wondered about the second, but still enjoyed it (except I could see the writing on the wall w/the "long distance something(one) has to give" relationship, but I never expected to feel like it had been "phoned in" with the conclusion, nor to feel from the first page as if doom was only a page away with each and every sentence. Long before I got to the (unfortunately long expected) end, I knew the "end" and it just wasn't creative or satisfying - this didn't ever feel "real" or "truthful", two words I would have previously always associated with Ms. Trigiani's writing. I almost wished the third book had never been written - I could have happily kept wondering "what...".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read and really enjoyed Trigliani's previous works, I was sorely disappointed in the plot, characters and overall quality of writing. We all get that Valentine loves to make shoes and is willing to ostrasize all the people who love her in order to realize that dream, but I can't believe how disjointed and rambling this story was. I felt like (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!) killing off the best character in the book was a desperate ploy to engage the reader emotionally to the story. If you are looking for a happy ending, read a Susanna Kearsley book instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You would not think the same person had even written this terrible third Valentine book. All of her other novels have been terrific reads and tell coherent., heartwarming stories that capture your interest until the end. Supreme Macaroni begins with a disjointed series of conversations among characters instead of actual prose that is confusing if you can't remember which characters are who. This book was written too far past the other two, and the content and presentation make it irrelevant to the series. I hope this is not the direction this author will be taking in the future, or I won't be reading any more of her work.
Falcon61 More than 1 year ago
I waited for this one, kept on reading it just because, she repeated everything so much it got boring. Valentine came across for me as selfish only few parts of the book I found enjoyable, ending was  sad and predicable. I was so disappointed
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. I'm a big fan of Adriana Trigiani's novels and have been reading them for years.  They're light and usually focus on family in some aspect, with a big of a not-too-wimpy love story thrown in.  They also focus on a strong female character. The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani is no exception.  Valentine is a shoemaker, a fabulous designer, who has fallen in love with Gianluca, a tanner.  This is a modern story, focusing on Valentine's romance with Gianluca, with the lesson that everything worth having isn't always easy.  In addition, The Supreme Macaroni Company describes the process of expanding Valentine's shoe empire. Whether you are a long-time fan of Adriana Trigiani or brand new to her novels, The Supreme Macaroni Company is worth the read. What are you favorite types of shoes to wear? Thanks for reading,  Rebecca @ Love at First Book
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Now i need to read the first two books in the series!
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All of Adriana's books are wonderful. Just finished Supreme Macaroni Co. One of her best. I laughed so much and then cried. We love her and can't wait for her next book. SHE IS THE GREATEST!!!!!!!
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
This novel began with much humor. I loved the "dry" sarcasm, and the pathetic descriptions of  her Italian/American life. It was a truly enjoyable romantic comedy, but all too quickly dissipated. Valentine  was very successful, talented, somewhat insecure, and spoiled. Gianluca was very mature, classy, stable, and wise.  Valentine was totally self-centered and was determined marriage would not change anything in her life...she just would no longer be alone nor expected to drop everything to assist another family member. This was an engaging, yet circumventing story with romance, compromise,  adversity, family tradition and ties. It often provoked conflicting emotions. The three problems I had with this book was #1. The humor was not maintained in Valentine's personality. It seems the girl at the beginning of the story is very different from the one through the rest of the book...I( know...she may be bi-polar). #2. The profanity and some crude language did not fit the proper Italian scene nor was it appreciated by this reader. #3 The ending died down to  detached from the story and the title. It did nothing to vindicate the title as a good pick for the story line. It still merited a weak Four Stars rating. *I was gifted this book for an honest review, of which I have given.
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