Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kaya's Korner: "Lucia, Lucia" Review

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“Lucia, Lucia” by Adriana Trigiani

Lucia is an Italian-American living in Greenwich Village in the early 50’s.  She’s torn between being a dutiful Italian daughter and her own dreams of wanting a career in fashion.   She retells her story of love, fashion, and duty to a young playwright in her apartment building.  A story that is beautifully described and includes a dashing young man too good to be true, “Lucia, Lucia” is a story of heartbreak and hope, but ultimately of coming to terms with one’s self and the cards you’re dealt with.
 I loved the feel to this book and felt like I was in New York City in the 50’s.  I wished after reading this that I could have experienced a time like this when women wore gloves and men wore hats.  I read this book in a day – couldn’t put in down.
Grade:  I’m torn – Hardback & Paperback, but leaning towards Hardback.  Enjoy!


  1. Oh, yum! I love books about New York, AND the fifties was such an elegant time for women's fashion. If you're teetering towards hardback, it must be a keeper!

    Thanks for heads up, and congrats on your first review! Well done. :-)

  2. i have a copy of this book (hardback) which i bought ages ago and haven't gotten around to reading yet. that era's certainly remarkable and now you've gotten me curious on how "lucia" handled herself as a lady of the fifties.

    thanks to your review, i'll get started on reading it tonight!!!

  3. Thanks Anita & Janice! I hope yall both enjoy the book & you must tell us what you think when you finish reading it. I think this book would make a great movie too, now that I think about it.

  4. this book had me in tears! the story is so poignant and i am moved by how deeply embedded the family ties are. despite her heartaches and dreams, Lucia chose to follow tradition and relegated herself to a life which many would deem honorable.

    trigiani writes beautifully and the flow is unaffected. i agree with you, kaya, this will make a great movie.