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Rococo

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The refurbishment of the local church is the catalyst to a whole string of problems for the renowned interior decorator, Bartolomeo Di Crespi. With a cast of larger-than-life characters, that wonderful warmth and chaos of the big Italian/American family and the various romantic complications, this is a pure delight. Highly recommended.

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Synopsis

Rococo by Adriana Trigiani

Bartolomeo Di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. So when the renovation of the town cathedral is up for grabs, he hopes there is only one man for the job. From the fabric houses of New York City to the Italian Riviera, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent and the aesthetic absolute to his hometown.

Trigiani's glittering mosaic of small town characters pop and sparkle: heir to a banking fortune, Aurelia Castone Mandelbaum, finagles a marriage proposal for her delicate daughter, Capri; Father Porporino, the pastor with a secret, does his best to keep the lid on a simmering scandal; and Christina Menecola awaits rescue from an inconsolable grief.

Beauty, truth and testosterone arrive in buckets when Rufus McSherry, a strapping, handsome artisan and all-around Renaissance Man, arrives in OLOF. Along with his apprentice, Rufus does more than blow dust off the old saint statues and frescoes. He turns the town upside down, galvanizes the faithful and restores hope where there was none.

Reviews

'Trigiani's fans will love this tale of an extended Italian-American family in New Jersey - narrated by an interior designer, Bartolomeo' HEAT magazine

'yum yum - if novels were food, this one would be fudge. A joyous blend of Italian-American warmth and whiplash New York wit. The perfect weightless read' THE TIMES

'Trigiani's world is a bigger, brighter version of the one we know, a world rich with melodrama, humour and sentiment, colour and fun. A big fat Italian-American white chocolate world'
GLASGOW HERALD

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani

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

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Publication date

6th March 2006

Author

Adriana Trigiani

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780743495882

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