Lucia, Lucia

Lucia, Lucia

by Adriana Trigiani
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Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812967791
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/29/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 104,668
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani grew up in Virginia and now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Trigiani is the author of the bestselling novels Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler, and Milk Glass Moon, and has written the screenplay for the movie Big Stone Gap, which she will also direct. She can be reached at

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Lucia, Lucia 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
Trigiani is a beautiful storyteller. Her books get you hooked on "family". It's funny, romantic, and sad in ways. One minute I was laughing, the next, huge tears were making their way down my cheeks and I actually sobbed more than once. This bittersweet story captivated me from the beginning as Aunt Lu, the beloved and only daughter of the huge, boisterous Italian Sartori family, tells the story of her life to Kit. The bulk of the novel is in flashback to her younger years as a career woman in the 1950s. Gorgeous Lucia Sartori of Greenwich Village is an incredibly headstrong and independent woman. All the characters were endearing and equally complicated. She had the glamorous life that included her family, friends, work and male pursuers. Plans for the upcoming wedding are running smoothly until Lucia learns that Dante's controlling and overbearing mother expects Lucia to quit her job immediately after the wedding to stay home, clean house and take care of ALL of the children that she will unquestionably bear. Shocked and angry that she would have to choose between being a wife and having a career, Lucia breaks off the engagement, NO WEDDING, without losing a step. She has plans. She's going to do something with her life, and it won't be a slave to a kitchen, house, or man. With her eye for color and design, she'll make exquisite clothes for the cream of society instead. This is a sweet, tender story, not over-done in the sentimentality department, or overly dramatic, but on realistic terms. Anyone with a heart will enjoy this. This is touching and easily relatable to your own life. I loved it! I recommended it to my book club, along with EXPLOSION IN PARIS and PERFECT.
BookLoaner More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time and I've read a lot. I laughed, I cried and I absolutely loved the story, the characters and New York in the 1950's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book. Light and delightful and full of life. I ran right out and bought her new book Queen of the Big Time. Also excellent. I just love that title too. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story and enjoys strong family ties,and no violence, which is refreshing. It's like an old movie you'd watch on a Sunday afternoon. Warm and fuzzy.
ctsoxfan More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I've read this author and it won't be the last. I enjoyed the characters and how the story unfolded in this book. It kept my interest and when I was done, it left me wanting to read more-that's why the 5 stars.
Sherilyn More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Adrianna Trigiani's books and this one has always been my favorite. I just finished "Very Valentine" and I must say it is in a tie for my favorite Trigiani book. In Lucia, Lucia I could always picture every detail of her life and where she lived. This is a book that I recommend to anyone who is wanting a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first book written by this author and I am planning to read the others. My Sunday School teacher loaned me this book and highly recommended it. I love to read and enjoyed it tremendously. It certainly had me in tears but, it is a true love story and story of the bond within a family and lifetime friends. Thanks for an enjoyable read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lucia, Lucia is a book full of fun and warmth but has it's heartbreaks. A lovely read with great story telling, the main character has a life changing decision to make about love and family. To anyone who enjoys a down to earth read about life and love, this is a sure hit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. i had to read it for english class and i finished it even before the class started it! well i was sick and i had nothing to do. So read it NOW
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Adriana Trigiani book I read and then I was hooked on her. I loaned it to one of our cousins and she became impressed with her writing as well. Parts of the book make you think you are in Italy. I would read this book again in a heartbeat. You are hooked the minute you start reading her books. Adriani is an excellent writer, and to think I found out about her on the back of a Sons Of Italy Magazine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book to curl up with if you just want to escape into an enchanting world full of drama and romance. Lucia is also made of the substance that we all want -- taking care of ourselves so that someone else can't take us out of our game. Very worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book quickly made it's way to the top of my list. Everything about this book was great: the characters, the history, the setting, the plot. The book made me laugh and cry. I don't know anyone who wouldn't fall in love with this book. I have already recommended this book to anyone who will listen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This page turner transports the reader back to the glamour and elegance of 1950's NYC as we follow the story of headstrong Italian-American Lucia Sartori caught between the expectations of her traditional family and her own career dreams. A vivid, hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking story of a young woman's life choices that reads true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not think I would like Lucia, Lucia as much as I loved the Big Stone Gap Series, but I loved it even more. What a heartfelt story that pulls you in with Adriana's detailed description of life in New York in the 1950's. I also love the way Adriana describes the small towns and cities of Italy. It makes me want to tour Italy asap. I really loved the character of Lucia. This story would make a great movie with maybe Marisa Tomei as Lucia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew I was going to like the book after reading the first page. Like the author, I come from a 'proud to be Italian-American family.' Aside from being pleasant to read because of the heritage, the book had many twists and turns...kept me guessing. I'm anxiously awaiting a chance to buy 'Queen of the Big Time.' I haven't been able to find it yet at my local Barnes & Noble store, but keep looking every week. Adriana Trigiani is exceptional!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In contrast to rural Virginia, this novel is set in glittering post-war New York. The story fills you with a warm-fuzzy a cup of hot chocalate on a chilly winter eve. Savored every last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reason I picked up this book was because of the name Lucia. It was my granmothers name and it caught my eye. I am so glad I did. A great fun read. It brought back fond memories of growing up with Italian grandparents, and the close knit family unit. Lucia Sartori was a career minded woman, way ahead of her times and culture. I laughed at references to certain phrases like getting 'agita' over something, ringing out the 'mapeen', things that really put me in touch with my New Jersey Italian/American upbringing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this novel! This novel stayed with me long after I turned the last page. Lucia, Lucia is a story about real life. The characters and situations presented in this novel are quite believable. I finished this book in less than two days. It is just that engrossing. The novel gave me insight into Italian American life. It also depicted with great detail an era of time with which I have always been fascinated. There are not enough words or space for me to convey how closely I will hold this novel to my heart. This novel just spoke to me. After I finished this novel I sat for about a half an hour thinking over the events that happened in the book and feeling like I had gotten to know a real person. I was sad to see her go! When you feel like a character is real and you become emotionally involved with that character,an author has done a superb job. My hat's off to Adriana Trigiani--you've done it again!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I cannnot remember when I last read a book that made me cry at the end, which I did for two reasons. First because of the events within and secondly because I just did not want the book itself to end! Having grown up Italian, I could really relate, although that is not a must in order to truly enjoy this book. Buy it, borrow it from a friend or check it out from your local library - you will not be disappointed! I promise!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an enjoyable book about a girl trying to break tradition in a tight knit family. Not only was it difficult for women to have a career in the 50's, but one had to please their family's traditions and roles. I found myself not wanting to put this book down!I just wish Lucia could have had it all - but in the long run she seemed happy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Adriana Trigiani¿s Big Stone Gap trilogy but had to wonder if I would like her writing as much if the setting weren¿t my own home town. I now have my answer. YES! Maybe more. I really enjoyed the trip to Greenwich Village in the 50¿s and meeting the Sartori family. This mountain girl really liked being in New York City for a while. I loved all the glamour and I especially loved being with Lucia and her family. This is a wonderful story you shouldn¿t miss. You¿ll feel the love for each other in this family. You¿ll share sadness and joy with them. You¿ll even feel nourished with all the good Italian food. You'll be so comfortable, you¿ll want to stay. Adriana trigiani always makes us feel right at home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been the BEST (Italian) fiction I have read in a long time. Anyone who grows up in an italian household can definite relate to Lucia.. Great Book..I couldn't put it down...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book took me back to my childhood in the 50's living in the same house with my darling aunts and grandparents. Oh for those wonderful times. This is a great summer read and I am sorry I finished it so fast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loves this story!
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Enjoyed this book so much. Now I am looking for more by this arthur