Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
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Set in the glittering, vibrant New York City of 1950, Lucia, Lucia is the enthralling story of a passionate, determined young woman whose decision to follow her heart changes her life forever.

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.

Lucia is surrounded by richly drawn New York characters, including her best friend, the quick-witted fashion protégé Ruth Kaspian; their boss, Delmarr, B. Altman’s head designer and glamorous man-about-town; her devoted brothers, Roberto, Orlando, Angelo, and Exodus, self-appointed protectors of the jewel of the family; and her doting father, Antonio. Filled with the warmth and humor that have earned Adriana Trigiani hundreds of thousands of devoted readers with her Big Stone Gap trilogy, Lucia, Lucia also bursts with a New York sensibility that shows the depth and range of this beloved author. As richly detailed as the couture garments Lucia sews, as emotional as the bonds in her big Italian family, it is the story of one woman who believes that in a world brimming with so much promise, she can—and should be able to—have it all.

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About Adriana Trigiani

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Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, in the 1970s. She has honed her storytelling abilities over a decade of writing and producing some of television's top-rated shows, including the groundbreaking Cosby Show. Trigiani is also an award-winning playwright and documentary filmmaker. She lives in New York City with her husband.From the Hardcover edition.
Published July 8, 2003 by Random House. 336 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It isn’t long before Lucia gets snapped up by John Talbot, a rakishly handsome man-about-town who’s vaguely employed in the importing business (alarm bells clang in everyone’s head, except for that of the normally bright Lucia).

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Book Reporter

Adriana Trigiani, author of the hugely popular BIG STONE GAP trilogy, returns with a much-anticipated stand-alone novel, LUCIA, LUCIA.

Jun 29 2004 | Read Full Review of Lucia, Lucia: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Lucia is a 1950s career gal, a seamstress at a Manhattan department store who won't settle for playing housewife.

Jul 11 2003 | Read Full Review of Lucia, Lucia: A Novel

The Bookbag

The story begins with Kit, an aspiring playwright, being invited to tea by Lucia and once there Lucia tells her story.

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Reviewing the Evidence

She soon meets another man, the handsome John Talbot, whose bon vivant and cosmopolitan lifestyle appeals to Lucia much more than the traditional life that she had known with her family.

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