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“Great story! Loved the Italian-American historical stuff!”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Book description from Amazon
“Here is one of Adriana Trigiani's stand-alone books. It features a small town in the eastern United States that is modeled exactly after a village in the homeland of Italy--even to the streets, homes and neighboring families. ”Shareeb wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book description from Amazon
The industrious Castellucas farm the land outside Roseto. Nella, the middle daughter of five, aspires to a genteel life “in town,” far from the rigors of farm life, which have taken a toll on her mother and forced her father to take extra work in the slate quarries to make ends meet. But Nella’s dreams of making her own fortune shift when she meets Renato Lanzara, the son of a prominent Roseto family. Renato is a worldly, handsome, devil-may-care poet who has a way with words that makes him irresistible. Their friendship ignites into a fiery romance that Nella is certain will lead to marriage. But Nella is not alone in her pursuit: every girl in town seems to want Renato. When he disappears without explanation, Nella is left with a shattered heart. Four years later, Renato’s sudden return to Roseto the night before Nella’s wedding to the steadfast Franco Zollerano leaves her and the Castelluca family shaken. For although Renato has chosen a path very different from Nella’s, they are fated to live and work in Roseto, where the past hangs over them like a brewing storm.
An epic of small-town life, etched in glorious detail in the trademark Trigiani style, The Queen of the Big Time is the story of a determined, passionate woman who can never forget her first love
I really enjoyed Trigiani's portrayal of a first generation Italian family between the late 1920's through 1971. Her descriptions of a small PA town where many Italians came to and built to reflect that of their hometown in Italy was very interesting to me but not much else.
What didn't work
Unlike every Adriana Trigiani book I've read I just didn't "feel" this one. There was no chemistry for me. Not only did I not connect with the main character Nella, I found at some points in the book I didn't really like her much. The story just fell flat for me and that is the only way I can describe it...a "story". No great love, great passions etc just a bland story about a woman life through the course of 50 years. Wish I would have liked it more since I enjoy this author normally but she fell short with this book.”
“Chick Lit, Young Adult with an Italian twist and strong moral message, of love your parents and work hard, but not to the exclusion of your family”Laurel B Deloria wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just LOVE A. Trigiani. I am going to read every book she has written. Maybe it's the Italian in me that makes me feel so connected to her writing.”Lettie C wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great book by Adriana Trigiani.”Cathy wrote this review Saturday, May 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful book about a young woman growing up in the 20th century - the tale of her family and romances against the bigger historical and popular culture landscape.
“Young people, especially girls, should read this--to learn what life was really like at this time in the country. ”Rita M wrote this review Sunday, October 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A colorful story of an Italian family establishing themselves in America.”Rosereader wrote this review Friday, September 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not my favortie Trigiani book, but a nice book about a large Italian family in a small town outside of Allentown, PA.”Bonnie W wrote this review Monday, August 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No