Book Reviews of Lucia, Lucia

Lucia, Lucia
Lucia Lucia
Author: Adriana Trigiani
ISBN-13: 9780812967791
ISBN-10: 0812967798
Publication Date: 6/29/2004
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 151 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
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.
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Helpful Score: 6
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
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
Adriana Trigiani is an excellent story-teller. This book was a very fun read that my book club chose. It includes questions at the back for discussion.
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An apprentice fashion designer in the 1950's, has she met the man of her dreams, or should she stick with her career?
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sappy, not like her other books
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These are starting to get formulatic but still enjoyable.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you grew up in the 50's, you will love this book. It is about an Italian Catholic family in 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 rife with opportunities for talented girls with ambition, and Lucia becomes an apprentice to an up-and-coming designer at chi B. Altman department store on Fifth Avenue. Enaged 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 grils like her only read about int he society pages.
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A really nice read.
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A great book!
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I really liked this book. Very interesting time period.
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Such a great book! I loved Lucia!
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I loved this book.
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Lucia Sartori is the beautiful 25-year old daughter of a prosperous Italian grocer in Greenwich Village. The 1950's pstwar boom is rife with opportunities for talented girls with ambition, and Lucia becomes an apprentice to an up-and-coming designer at chic B. Altman 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.
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Should be a made for TV movie on the Women's Network!

Great story!
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A delightful book. I loved it!
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If you grew up in NYC in the 50's and happen to be of Italian descent, this book is a must read. I loved it!!
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This book was an easy read and very enjoyable.
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I just started reading Adriana Trigiani's books, and I love all of them! This was the second one I read, and I finished it in a couple of days. I love her characters and their stories. This was interesting and fast-reading....I highly recommend it! I'm now on the third book of her trilogy...Milk Glass Moon and loving it! I don't want it to end!
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What a great book! Of course I love the Italian background. It is so
authentic. I also loved the time period!
I'm reading the trilogy now. So far, great!
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Excellent book.
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Another excellent Trigiani!
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This is a great story about a young woman growing up in Greenwich Village in the 50s as a daughter of Italian parents. I loved it for its family ties and in depth perception of the character of people, her portrayal of family values and the way life was like back then, with more attention put on quality rather than quantity. I have yet to read a book by Adriana Trigiani that I didn't love, and this story is no exception. It made me wish I'd been born of such an Italian family.
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Well written. Another great book by this author.
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Full of lessons about taking risks in life and love
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Love, love, love this book. The main character is my favorite of all time. She is a strong, independent woman who lives her life without being trapped into what society expects of a "good girl."
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its a great book about family and life there are tons of lessons about life ,love and taking risks,you never want to but it down.
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Lucia, a daughter in an Italian family, and a talented dressmaker of the B. Altman Department Store in the 50's in New York. Lucia is torn between career and love; she must choose which she wants more. Book shares a great tale of an Italian family in New York, their family grocery business & home life, as well of the extended family. The Satori's return to Italy to visit their father's homeland. A great, quick read.
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It was a good story that was an enjoyable quick read.
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Bittersweet.
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I love Trigiani! This story was an easy read.
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Wonderful Book I love this author
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A very quick and fun read, although a bit sad at times. You gotta love anything by Trigiani!
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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 rife with opportunities for talented girls with ambition, and Lucia becomes an apprentice to an up-and-coming designer at chic B. Altman department store on Fifth Avenue.......
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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 rife with opportunities for talented girls with ambition, and Lucia becomes an apprencie to an up and coming designer at chic B. Altman 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 won dreams, Lucia finds herself in the midst of a sizzling scandal in which secrets are revealed, her beloved career is jeopardized and the Saroris' honor is tested
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It is 1950 in glittering, vibrant New York City. Lucia Sartori is the beautiful 25 year old daughter of a prosperous Italian grocer in Greenwich Village. The postwar boom i rife with opportunities for talented girls with ambition and Lucia becomes an apprentice to an up and coming designer at chic B. Altman department store on Fifth Avenue. Engaged to her child-hood sweetheart, the stradfast 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.
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quick, light entertaining read. i had 2 issues with the book - i don't see any need to the kit character. and i see no need for maria grace to die. other than that - very enjoyable.