Rococo

Rococo

by Adriana Trigiani
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Rococo by Adriana Trigiani

New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her humor, warmth, and captivating storytelling in the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia, takes on love, lust, tricky family dynamics, and home decorating in Rococo, the uproarious tale of a small Italian American town poised for a makeover it never expected.

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.

From the dazzling shores of New Jersey to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to luscious Santa Margherita on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent, sophistication, and his aesthetic vision to his hometown.

Trigiani’s glittering mosaic of small-town characters sparkles: Bartolomeo’s hilarious sister, Toot, is in desperate need of a postdivorce transformation-thirteen 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.

Plaster of Paris, polished marble, and unbridled testosterone arrive in buckets when Bartolomeo recruits Rufus McSherry, a strapping, handsome artist, and Pedro Allercon, a stained-glass artisan, to work with him on the church’s interior. Together, the three of them will do more than blow the dust off the old Fatima frescoes-they will turn the town upside down, challenge the faithful, and restore hope where there once was none.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400060078
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/21/2005
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap trilogy, the New York Times bestselling novels Lucia, Lucia and The Queen of the Big Time, and co-author of the cookbook Cooking with My Sisters, Trigiani has written the screenplay for the movie Big Stone Gap, which she will also direct. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, and is at work on her next Big Stone Gap novel.

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Rococo 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring,drawn out,, no substance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adranina Trigiani brings her characters to life in a way that makes you care deeply about what happens to them. Her books incorporate the laughter and joy we all find in life. So far I have loved every book she has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again, another heartwarming story!
BibliophileHS More than 1 year ago
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book about a family, their foibles, and a church renovation that became more than anyone thought possible or expected--with a few miracles sprinkled in the drama of family members, an arranged marriage, and how love can change everything. This was a page turner, and another great book by Adriana Trigiani. I'm hooked on this writer and her variety of books.
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MathGalRI More than 1 year ago
I love all books by Adriana Trigiani. I do have a problem with the reader. I am a native of the Jersey shore and was shocked to hear the reader mispronounce the names of towns such as Belmar and Interlaken. Also, New Jersey residents who live in the area where this book takes place DO NOT speak with a "Joisey" accent. It was very annoying--actually quite unbearable. I had to go back to the library and borrow the regular book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is simple and a bit transparent. I don't think it is one of Adriana Trigiani's best.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rococco. The way Adriana writes, hits so close to home. She used words in the story that I use in my everday language when communicating with my family. I felt like I was part of the story. I've enjoyed Lucia, Lucia and Queen of the Big Time, just as much. Thank you for writing stories that I can relate to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
thoroughly enjoyable, especially if you are an Italian. So many of the little idiosyncrasies of the characters really hit home. I could not wait to get back to the book to continue reading about OLOF's renovation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read and enjoyed Lucia,Lucia, Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler and Queen of the Big Time but am really bored with Rococo. I read the first three chapters and will not read the rest. Too much about interior decorating and not enough plot for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have listened to this book on DVD and loved it! The Italian-American characters are funny, warm, and down to earth. The story line is very unique but believable. Perhaps what makes this book come to life is the narrator and his New Jersey accent. I found it highly entertaining and it made me wish I had some Italian ancestry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of her books, with Milk Glass Moon being at the bottom of that list, until now. Rococo did not touch me like the others. I cared so much for Lucia, I loved all the characters of Big Stone Gap. I wished the Big Time never ended. But, I couldn't wait to get away from 'B.' Was he gay? Who cares. Was he straight? Who cares? Where was all that emotion and life and passion in a Trigiani character? Major let down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to the unabridged CD's of this hilarious story of the di Crespi family in Our Lady of Fatima, NJ. If you are looking for a great read (or audiobook) that will keep you smiling, laughing, and riveted...get this one. Hands down, 2 thumbs up wonderful story. Adriani Trigiani know's exactly what she's doing. From the crazy characters to the elegant descriptions of the world's finest materials and decorations, Adriana's Rococco proves she has done it again!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have only read Lucia Lucia by Trigiani and I loved it. I heard all her books were great so I picked this one up. I always finish a book, no matter how bad it is. But I just could not finish this one. I kept reading and reading hoping that something would happen to keep me interested and it never did. I got about halfway through and stopped reading. I'm not sure about the plot and there was way too much description. It would be good for someone who is into interior design, but aside from that, I'm not sure it will keep anyone's interest. I'm very disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read her other books, and they were really enjoyable. This one reads very fast and is also lots of fun, especially the characters and how they relate to each other. The only thing that I didn't like was the endless detailed description of almost every room, every item, even every character's clothing -I had to skip over a lot of that, which I do not like to do. Too much emphasis on 'things.' Also, 'B' seemed to have so little depth. He cared too much about himself and beautiful 'things.' Still, I enjoyed reading the book. Adriana is a really good writer.