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~Lucia, Lucia~

by Adriana Trigiani

Heroine: voluptuous/everywoman

          

            Stunning Lucia Sartori is renowned for her beauty throughout New York's Greenwich Village.  But it will take more than an admiring man from the neighborhood to turn her head, because she has plans.  She's going somewhere with her life, and it won't be to the kitchen of some Italian matriarch who will turn her into a slave.

 

             No, high-flying Lucia is destined for so much more than that.  With her eye for color and design and her knack for turning up a perfect hem, she'll make dazzling clothes for the cream of society instead.  And perhaps if the right man comes along, one who will let her live out her dreams of being a career woman, then maybe he'll be welcome to tag along for the ride.

 

What worked for me:

          

           Though it started out slow I loved the storyline, which rewarded me in the end for sticking with it.

 

           I got a kick out of Lucia's friends and close-knit large family.  Even though they drove each other crazy, they all came together in times of trouble and heartbreak.

 

          The little touches, such as including recipes for delicious Italian dishes, added even more flavor to the story.  (Sorry.  Couldn't resist that one!)

 

            I thought it was very interesting how the book followed the life of a young career girl in the 1950s.  That couldn't have been an easy time to be breaking out in the business world as a woman, when you were expected to go back to the kitchen now that the boys were home from the war.

 

            Size-wise Lucia wasn't really described except to say that the men all admired her figure.  Given the time period and what was in vogue then, I couldn't help but picture a young Sophia Loren type of gal.

 

What didn't work for me:

             Some aspects of the writing style didn't really click with me.

      

Overall:

              "Lucia, Lucia" is a very enjoyable tale.  I hope to see it on the big screen one day.

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