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Adriana Trigiani - Author

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is the author of fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table. She is also the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary Queens of the Big Time. Trigiani lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

Photo copyright: Tim Stevenson 2008

Featured books by Adriana Trigiani

Very Valentine

Very Valentine

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Meet Valentine, an unforgettable and passionate woman with a heart and a dream as big as New York City. Her dream? To design the perfect pair of shoes ...The Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. Now, in the twenty-first century, the company run so devotedly by Valentine and her grandmother Teodora faces financial ruin. Juggling a romantic relationship with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design competition for a prestigious department store, Valentine accompanies her grandmother to Italy in the hope of finding inspiration. There, in Tuscany and on the Isle of Capri, she discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life around in ways she never expected.

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The Supreme Macaroni Company

The Supreme Macaroni Company

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

'A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything.' The Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has been creating sumptuous shoes for a hundred years. And now it falls to Valentine Roncalli, heir to the family firm, to turn its esteemed past into a glorious future. Uniting both professionally and romantically with master craftsman Gianluca Vechiarelli, with his full and complex past and a secret to hide, proud, passionate Valentine is determined to make her mark. Once their wedding celebrations are over, she wakes up to the reality of juggling the demands of a business and the needs of her new family. And as she is confronted by painful choices, she must fight for everything she wants and savour all she deserves - the bitter and the sweet of life itself. Romantic and poignant, told with Adriana's trademark humour and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, this is an unforgettable feast of delights and the most beautiful handmade shoes.

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The Shoemaker's Wife

The Shoemaker's Wife

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2012

Nestled high in the Italian Alps lies Vilminore, home to Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. Close by lives Enza, a practical girl who longs only for a happy life for her family. When the two meet as teenagers, it seems it could be the start of a life together...Then Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal and is sent to America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy, leaving behind a bereft Enza. Her family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to flee to America with her father to secure their future. Unbeknownst to one another, Ciro and Enza build fledgling lives in New York. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job, until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza must learn to forge a life without him. From the stately mansions of New York's Upper East Side to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy, over the perilous cliffs of northern Italy to the white-capped lakes of northern Minnesota, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever...

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Other books by Adriana Trigiani

Big Cherry Holler

Big Cherry Holler

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

'Utterly addictive' GLAMOUR How do you move forward if you've already lost your way? It's been eight years since town pharmacist and self-proclaimed spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married Jack McChesney. Now they have a beautiful daughter, but for some reason Jack has never seemed so distant. In the old stone house nestled in the mountains, there's an empty room where their son once slept, and a sadness that neither Ave nor Jack can discuss. But in Big Stone Gap itself, change is in the air, and not everyone feels it's for the good. As Ave makes big decisions about the future of her family, will she and her husband be able to find their way back to each other before it's too late? The extraordinary sequel to Big Stone Gap from the bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Praise for the BIG STONE GAP series: 'Hilarious and romantic. I couldn't put it down' SARAH JESSICA PARKER 'One of my all-time favourite novels' WHOOPI GOLDBERG 'If you love curling up with charming tales of small towns and quirky characters, switch off with this' COSMOPOLITAN

Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

'Utterly addictive' GLAMOUR How do you face the future when the past won't let you go? Big Stone Gap is a sleepy village where kids get married and start families at eighteen, and stay for ever. So thirty-five-year old Ave Maria Mulligan is something of an oddity. A self-proclaimed spinster, as the local pharmacist she's been keeping the townsfolk's secrets for years. Now Ave Maria is about to discover a scandal in her own family's past that will blow the lid right off her quiet, uneventful life. Soon she's juggling two unexpected marriage proposals and conducting a no-holds-barred family feud. The thought of spending the rest of her life in Big Stone Gap is suddenly overwhelming . . . The ultimate Small Town American novel from the bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Praise for the BIG STONE GAP series: 'Hilarious and romantic. I couldn't put it down' SARAH JESSICA PARKER 'One of my all-time favourite novels' WHOOPI GOLDBERG 'If you love curling up with charming tales of small towns and quirky characters, switch off with this' COSMOPOLITAN

Milk Glass Moon

Milk Glass Moon

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

'Utterly addictive' GLAMOUR Can she find it in her heart to let go before it's too late? As her daughter grows up, Ave Maria can't help but feel time is slipping through her fingers. Her friends in Big Stone Gap are going through major life changes, too, and her husband seems desperate to reinvent himself in ways nobody could have predicted. Reaching into the past to find answers to the present, Ave Maria is led to places she never dreamed she would go, and as people enter her life and rock the foundation, Ave Maria faces the true test of love: letting go. The third in the bestselling and much-loved BIG STONE GAP series from the bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick Praise for the BIG STONE GAP series: 'Hilarious and romantic. I couldn't put it down' SARAH JESSICA PARKER 'One of my all-time favourite novels' WHOOPI GOLDBERG 'If you love curling up with charming tales of small towns and quirky characters, switch off with this' COSMOPOLITAN

Home to Big Stone Gap

Home to Big Stone Gap

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

'Utterly addictive' GLAMOUR If home is where the heart is, what happens when yours is torn in two? Big Stone Gap is a sleepy village where people can go their whole lives without leaving. It's been the home of Ave Maria and her family for generations, but with her daughter now married and living in Italy, Ave realises it's time to go in search of a new dream. Yet before her journey can begin, her life is turned upside down. As a lifelong friendship falls apart and an unexpected health crisis threatens her family, Ave Maria's world is shaken. And when a mysterious stranger comes to town and reveals a long-buried secret, she realises that in order to move forward with her life, first she must face up to the past . . . The fourth in the bestselling and much-loved BIG STONE GAP series from the bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick Praise for the BIG STONE GAP series: 'Hilarious and romantic. I couldn't put it down' SARAH JESSICA PARKER 'One of my all-time favourite novels' WHOOPI GOLDBERG 'If you love curling up with charming tales of small towns and quirky characters, switch off with this' COSMOPOLITAN

Tony's Wife

Tony's Wife

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2019

'Tony's Wife does not disappoint . . . Adriana's books are full of humour, warmth and passion' SANTA MONTEFIORE The brand new novel from the bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick When Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet by chance on the Jersey shore, the two form a duo that takes the music industry by storm. Together they navigate the glamorous world of show business, from Hollywood and Las Vegas to New York City and beyond, but after a dream wedding they quickly realise that one of them will soon have to make a choice: who will put their professional ambition aside to build a family, and who will remain in the spotlight? As they juggle the demands of their public lives, secrets will be revealed, promises will be broken and loyalty will be tested . . . The newest romantic novel from Adriana Trigiani, beloved author of Big Stone Gap and The Shoemaker's Wife. Featuring feisty women, frantic families and fabulous friendships, Adriana Trigiani always warms the heart. `Rich and compelling... fascinating, thoughtful and moreish. I couldn't put it down' DAILY MAIL 'Tony's Wife is an immersive experience with well-rounded, warm characters, pre-WWII fashion, Jersey accents, and homemade pasta. Moving and delightful' BOOKLIST `Trigiani fills this novel with the musical delights of the big band era and a love that lasts a lifetime . . . Packed with melodies, memories, humor, and love and loss, this effortlessly plotted novel is an emotional page-turner' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY `Here's a big, sweeping family novel to soak into' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Praise for ADRIANA TRIGIANI: 'Stylishly written, this is a wide-ranging romp of a read about friendship, family, love and loyalty' DAILY MAIL `The author of Big Stone Gap triumphs again' HEAT magazine 'A gorgeous piece of escapism . . . Plenty of the warm, earthy humour that is this author's calling card' THE TIMES 'A rich, sweeping epic... If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. Splendid' KATHRYN STOCKETT, author of THE HELP `A tender tale of being torn between family, career and love' COMPANY magazine 'A comedy writer with a heart of gold' NEW YORK TIMES

Kiss Carlo

Kiss Carlo

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

From the bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, comes an exhilarating story of friendship, family, love and loyalty, told against a backdrop of Shakespeare's greatest comedies. 'Stylishly written, this is a wide-ranging romp of a read about friendship, family, love and loyalty'DAILY MAIL In 1949, South Philadelphia is bursting with possibility. When an urgent telegram from Italy upends the ordinary life of Nicky Castone, he begins to wonder whether there's more to life than a steady job in the family business and a sweet-natured fiancee. Discovering in secret the draw of the local Shakespeare theatre company, Nicky quickly becomes enchanted by the stage, its colourful players and the feisty Calla Borelli, who runs the show. But before long, Nicky finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. Will he return to his conventional life and family, or does he have what it takes to risk everything and chart a new course? *~*~*Readers love Adriana Trigiani!*~*~* 'A gorgeous piece of escapism . . . Plenty of the warm, earthy humour that is this author's calling card' The Times 'A rich, sweeping epic... If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. Splendid' Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help on The Shoemaker's Wife 'A tender tale of being torn between family, career and love' -- Company on Lucia, Lucia '[Adriana Trigiani] has crafted a world of warm, lively characters whose charming idiosyncrasies lead them to collide and ricochet along the way to love. A delightfully sprawling comedy' Kirkus Reviews on Kiss Carlo 'The breathtaking historical novel sparkles in exquisite details and vivid descriptions' Huffington Post on The Shoemaker's Wife 'The author of BIG STONE GAP triumphs again' -- Heat on Lucia, Lucia

Kiss Carlo

Kiss Carlo

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2017

From the bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, a Richard and Judy book club pick, comes an exhilarating story of friendship, family, love and loyalty, told against a backdrop of Shakespeare's greatest comedies. In 1949, South Philadelphia is bursting with possibility. When an urgent telegram from Italy upends the ordinary life of Nicky Castone, he begins to wonder whether there's more to life than a steady job in the family business and a sweet-natured fiancee. Discovering in secret the draw of the local Shakespeare theatre company, Nicky quickly becomes enchanted by the stage, its colourful players and the feisty Calla Borelli, who runs the show. But before long, Nicky finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. Will he return to his conventional life and family, or does he have what it takes to risk everything and chart a new course? *~*~*Readers love Adriana Trigiani!*~*~* 'A gorgeous piece of escapism . . . Plenty of the warm, earthy humour that is this author's calling card' The Times 'A rich, sweeping epic... If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. Splendid' Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help on The Shoemaker's Wife 'A tender tale of being torn between family, career and love' -- Company on Lucia, Lucia '[Adriana Trigiani] has crafted a world of warm, lively characters whose charming idiosyncrasies lead them to collide and ricochet along the way to love. A delightfully sprawling comedy' Kirkus Reviews on Kiss Carlo 'The breathtaking historical novel sparkles in exquisite details and vivid descriptions' Huffington Post on The Shoemaker's Wife 'The author of BIG STONE GAP triumphs again' -- Heat on Lucia, Lucia

Kiss Carlo

Kiss Carlo

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

From the bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, a Richard and Judy book club pick, comes an exhilarating story of friendship, family, love and loyalty, told against a backdrop of Shakespeare's greatest comedies. In 1949, South Philadelphia is bursting with possibility. When an urgent telegram from Italy upends the ordinary life of Nicky Castone, he begins to wonder whether there's more to life than a steady job in the family business and a sweet-natured fiancee. Discovering in secret the draw of the local Shakespeare theatre company, Nicky quickly becomes enchanted by the stage, its colourful players and the feisty Calla Borelli, who runs the show. But before long, Nicky finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. Will he return to his conventional life and family, or does he have what it takes to risk everything and chart a new course? *~*~*Readers love Adriana Trigiani!*~*~* 'A gorgeous piece of escapism . . . Plenty of the warm, earthy humour that is this author's calling card' The Times 'A rich, sweeping epic... If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. Splendid' Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help on The Shoemaker's Wife 'A tender tale of being torn between family, career and love' -- Company on Lucia, Lucia '[Adriana Trigiani] has crafted a world of warm, lively characters whose charming idiosyncrasies lead them to collide and ricochet along the way to love. A delightfully sprawling comedy' Kirkus Reviews on Kiss Carlo 'The breathtaking historical novel sparkles in exquisite details and vivid descriptions' Huffington Post on The Shoemaker's Wife 'The author of BIG STONE GAP triumphs again' -- Heat on Lucia, Lucia

All the Stars in the Heavens

All the Stars in the Heavens

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Spencer Tracy, David Niven, Carole Lombard lead a magnificent cast of characters, real and imagined, in Adriana Trigiani's new novel set in the rich landscape of 1930s' Los Angeles. In this spectacular saga as radiant, thrilling and beguiling as Hollywood itself, Trigiani takes us back to the golden age of movie-making and into the complex and glamorous world of a young actress hungry for fame, success - and love. With meticulous, beautiful detail, she paints a rich landscape, where European and American artisans flocked to pursue the ultimate dream: to tell stories on the silver screen.

The Supreme Macaroni Company

The Supreme Macaroni Company

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 25/09/2014

For a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company has relied on Vechiarelli & Son leather from Tuscany, and with a twist of fate, Valentine Roncalli falls in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli. After the wedding, Valentine awakes to the hard reality of a new business and a new family. She will have to fight for everything she wants and savour all she deserves - the bitter and the sweet of life itself.

Adriana Trigiani's Valentine Collection

Adriana Trigiani's Valentine Collection

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2014

From New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani comes her beloved Valentine trilogy, now available in one volume for the first time. This eBook collection includes Very Valentine, Brava, Valentine, and The Supreme Macaroni Company.

Milk Glass Moon

Milk Glass Moon

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: eBook Release Date: 05/02/2013

Milk Glass Moon, the third book in Adriana Trigiani's bestselling Big Stone Gap series, continues the life story of Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney as she faces the challenges and changes of motherhood with her trademark humor and honesty. With twists as plentiful as those found on the holler roads of southwest Virginia, this story takes turns that will surprise and enthrall the reader. Transporting us from Ave Maria's home in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Italian Alps, from New York City to the Tuscan countryside, Milk Glass Moon is the story of a shifting mother-daughter relationship, of a daughter's first love and a mother's heartbreak, of an enduring marriage that contains its own ongoing challenges, and of a community faced with seismic change. All of Trigiani's beloved characters are back: Jack Mac, Ave Maria's true love, who is willing to gamble security for the unknown; her best friend and confidant, bandleader Theodore Tip-ton, who begins a new life in New York City; librarian and sexpert Iva Lou Wade Makin, who faces a life-or-death crisis. Meanwhile, surprises emerge in the blossoming of crusty cashier Fleeta Mullins, the maturing of mountain girl turned savvy businesswoman Pearl Grimes, and the return of Pete Rutledge, the handsome stranger who turned Ave Maria's world upside down in Big Cherry Holler. In this rollicking hayride of upheaval and change, Ave Maria is led to places she never dreamed she would go, and to people who enter her life and rock its foundation. As Ave Maria reaches into the past to find answers to the present, readers will stay with her every step of the way, rooting for the onetime town spinster who embraced love and made a family. Milk Glass Moon is about the power of love and its abiding truth, and captures Trigiani at her most lyrical and heartfelt.

The Wisdom of My Grandmothers

The Wisdom of My Grandmothers

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2013

Adriana Trigiani's two remarkable grandmothers, Lucia and Viola, lived through the 20th century from beginning to end as working women who juggled careers and motherhood. From the factory line to the family table, the two of them - the very definition of modern women - cut a path for their granddaughter by demonstrating courage and skill in their fearless approach to life, love and overcoming obstacles. Trigiani visits the past to seek answers to the essential questions that define the challenges women face today: how we hold on to the values that make life rich and beautiful, how we can take risks and reap the rewards, how to stand resilient in the face of tragedy. 'Be bold; 'be direct'; 'be different'!

Big Cherry Holler

Big Cherry Holler

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2012

BIG CHERRY HOLLER, the extraordinary sequel to BIG STONE GAP, takes us back to the mountain life that enchanted us in Adriana Trigiani's best selling debut novel. It's been eight years since the town pharmacist and long time spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her new found belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria makes a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she didn't count on was that fate, life, and the ghosts of the past would come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband. The mountain walls that have protected her all of her life can not spare Ave Maria the life lessons she must learn.BIG CHERRY HOLLER is the story of a marriage, revealing the deep secrets, the power struggle, the betrayal and the unmet expectations that exist between husband and wife. It is the story of a community that must reinvent itself as it comes to grips with the decline of the coal mining industry. It is the story of an extended family, the people of Big Stone Gap, who are there for one another especially when times are toughincluding bookmobile librarian and sexpert Iva Lou Wade Makin, savvy businesswoman Pearl Grimes, crusty cashier Fleeta Mullins, and Rescue Squad captain Spec Broadwater, who faces the complications of his double life. Ave Maria's best friend Theodore Tipton, now band director at the University of Tennessee, continues to be her chief counselor and conscience as he reaches the pinnacle of marching band success. When Ave Maria takes her daughter to Italy for the summer, she meets a handsome stranger who offers her a life beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ave Maria is forced to confront what is truly important: to her, to her marriage, and to her family. Brimming with humor, wisdom, honesty, and the drama and local color of mountain life from Virginia to Italy, BIG CHERRY HOLLER is a deeply felt, brilliantly evoked story of two lovers who have lost their way and their struggle to find one another again.Includes a conversation with the author.

Shoemaker's Wife

Shoemaker's Wife

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2012

The Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century is the setting for the first meeting of Enza and Ciro, who meet as teenagers despite growing up just a few miles apart. But when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future.Unbeknownst to each other, the two young people both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza begins an impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House that will sweep her into the glamorous salons of Manhattan.From the stately mansions of Carnegie Hill to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy to the vast plains of northern Minnesota, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

Shoemaker's Wife

Shoemaker's Wife

Author: Adriana Trigiani Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2012

The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I as Enza begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House. Over time, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.Inspired by Adriana Trigiani's own family history and the love of tradition, The Shoemaker's Wife defines an era with operatic scope that will live on in the imaginations of readers for years to come.