Lucia, Lucia

Lucia, Lucia

A Novel

Book - 2003 | 1st ed.
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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.

Baker & Taylor
The beautiful daughter of an Italian immigrant family in 1950 Greenwich Village, Lucia Sartori pursues her dream of a career in the fashion industry, until she falls in love with a handsome stranger, who must win over her traditional family to gain her hand in marriage, but old secrets and scandal could change their lives forever. 100,000 first printing.

& Taylor

The daughter of an Italian immigrant family in 1950 Greenwich Village, Lucia Sartori pursues a career in the fashion industry until she falls in love with a handsome stranger, who must win over her traditional family to marry her.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400060054
Characteristics: 263 p. ; 25 cm.


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May 18, 2018

Engaging story with a unique ending.

Aug 10, 2016

Lucia Sartori is a young Italian woman living in Greenwich Village in the 1950s and she is engaged to Dante DeMartino. Lucia over looks many of the flaws that Dante has until one night his mother expresses her idea of the life that Lucia is supposed to lead once they get married. His mother believes an Italian women's job is to revolve her life around her husband and housework but Lucia says no and calls off the engagement. Then she meets spontaneous and exciting exciting John Talbot who makes her life take an interesting turn. I really enjoyed this book because it shows the power of family, love, and friendship while showing independence.
- @Spades of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 08, 2015

Love every book from this author, and I have read all of them.

Sep 29, 2010

A pleasant lazy day read. Nothing earthshattering, although a lot happens to an Italian family in the space of a few months.

Apr 27, 2010

I thorougly enjoyed this book. It reminded me of an old movie, the way the plot started weaving the present with the past through the friendship of a young woman and a much older woman with a fascinating past. I found the novel had a combination of an interesting narrative along with a well-fleshed out cast of characters. I would highly recommend this book to readers of all ages.

nadian Apr 19, 2008

A chick-lit filled with rich Italian culture and a nostalgic feel towards the 1950s. Although I found certain profound passages once in a while concerning the 'role' of a woman in the mid-20th century, the novel lacked humour or a gripping plot to keep me glued to each page.


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nadian Apr 29, 2008

Sexual Content: Brief references.

nadian Apr 29, 2008

Violence: Few minor accidents and events involving violence.

nadian Apr 29, 2008

Coarse Language: One moment of adult language.


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nadian Apr 29, 2008

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nadian Apr 19, 2008

Lucia Sartori is the most beautiful girl in Greenwich Village. Never short of suitors, she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families in New York. But it is 1950, a time of great opportunity for ambitious girls with dreams of a career, and Lucia is no exception. She has a glamorous job in a chic Fifth Avenue department store, which she's not ready to swap for a role as wife.
Until a handsome stranger comes into her life and she falls desperately and passionately in love at first sight. But in order to be together, they must first win over her traditional family. Their love affair takes an unexpected turn as secrets are revealed, Lucia's family honor is tested, and her own reputation becomes the centre of a sizzling scandal.
- From back cover.


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