Oh to be 25 in the glittering, vibrant New York City of 1950. It's heady stuff, especially when you are forced to choose between duty and dreams. In the face of scandal will the right choice be made and a beloved career and honor be saved? Fun read.
Wonderful, fabulous book of an independent girl in the 1950's when they really weren't popular. Lovely story told first hand. Andriana does it again. You won't be dissapointed
I absolutely loved this book.I'm always looking for a new Adriana Trigiani book.I've read them all and one is better then the next.
Okay, so you receive a box - handcarved of the finest wood with an intricate inlaid design, studded with gems and traced with gold filgree. The box is exquisite, and you are so excited to see what amazing gift it will contain. You lift the lid and find a silver bangle bracelet - nice enough, but certainly not equal to its container. That is how I felt about "Lucia, Lucia." The setting promises you a wonderful treat, but the plot is fairly ordinary. Even so, the book has a lot to recommend it. The author sets her story in New York City in the early 50s, chock full of Packards, debutantes, custom dresses and cocktails at the Waldorf. The characters are true to the times as well, in both their actions and dialogue, and Trigiani succeeds in moving the story line right along. Unfortunately, the plot is hampered by the fact that you have met Lucia as an elderly woman in the first chapter so when she starts to tell her life story, you know how the book will end. The book's best feature, in my opinion, is the depiction of the limits placed on young talented women - well, actually, women in general - in the post-war years. Plus I loved the descriptions of B.Altman's which was a store I remember visiting in my childhood.
A wonderful story. I grew up going to B. Altman's and sewing, and loved the lead character's desire to be herself in the face of a strong italian family from Greenwich Village. A must read for anyone who loves fashion and New York City and the characters of Andriana Trigiani.