13 August, 2014

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani Review!

Book Details:
Book Title: The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani
Category: Adult fiction, 352 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: November 2013 

Book Synopsis:

In The Supreme Macaroni Company, Adriana Trigiani transports readers from the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village to lush New Orleans to Italy and back again while exploring the tricky dynamics between Old World craftsmanship and New World ambition, all amid a passionate love affair that fuels one woman's determination to have it all.

For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This ancient business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli, the schoolteacher turned shoemaker, to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past . . . and a secret.

But after the wedding celebrations are over, Valentine wakes up to the hard reality of juggling the demands of a new business and the needs of her new family. Confronted with painful choices, Valentine remembers the wise words that inspired her in the early days of her beloved Angelini Shoe Company: "A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything." Now the proud, passionate Valentine is going to fight for everything she wants and savor all she deserves—the bitter and the sweet of life itself.

Romantic and poignant, told with humor and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, The Supreme Macaroni Company is a sumptuous feast of delights: an unforgettable narrative about family, work, romance, and the unexpected turns of life and fate.

Praise for The Supreme Macaroni Company:

“New York ambition clashes with dolce vita ease in Trigiani’s delicious latest. . . . Feisty and poignant . . . Readers will root for Valentine and the lessons she learns--which apply equally to designing elegant shoes and to crafting a rewarding life.”— PEOPLE

Meet the Author:

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemaker's Wife; theBig Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life andViola in the Spotlight. She wrote the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she also directed. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Connect with Adriana here: adrianatrigiani.com
Twitter: @adrianatrigiani
Facebook: facebook.com/adrianatrigiani

My Thoughts

This book is the third in a trilogy, Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine being the first two. I have read a few other reviews for the Supreme Macaroni Company some negative and some positive. Since this is the only book I read in the trilogy I guess I was not biased as to which one was better. I thought that Valentine and her large family were dysfunctional but so very lovable. Gianluca asks Valentine to marry her and she accepts. What happens next is a wonderful romp through the Roncalli family. Valentine tries to juggle her business as a shoemakeer, her marriage and eventually a child. A poignant story about love, romance, family and loss are told with humor and compassion. 

These paragraphs at the end of the book really struck me as what everyone should want from marriage and life:

    "Any happiness we enjoy - any feelings of security and this newfound treasure, our solidarity as a family, all of this and so much more - is because of him. My Gianluca.
    "What I remember is not what we ate for dinner, or what we were wearing, but what was said - the conversations, the words, the intent and the meaning. These make life full, and the memory of them will carry me through the rest of my life."

I really enjoyed this novel of family and love and highly recommend it.

I received this book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.

1 comment:

  1. I also enjoyed this book, and the ideas expressed in it. Lovely review, Kathleen!



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