Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani

 
The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani is the third book in the Valentine trilogy.  This book tells the story of Valentine Roncalli, a 36 year old shoemaker working in her family business, and Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner from Italy.  The book begins with their engagement and announcement to her family at Christmas time.  It continues with their wedding and marriage.   Valentine wants to continue running her family business in New York, while Gianluca wants to move back to Italy.  Valentine also wants to become a first-time mother, while Gianluca has a grown daughter.  The book is a lovely exploration of how they work to merge their dreams and lives together.  When tragedy strikes, Valentine reevaluates what really matters.

A line that really stuck with me in this book -- and I think a big part of the book's message -- is Valentine's description of a sign in her childhood teacher's office.  Sister Theresa's sign read: "Everything is a grace" (p. 89).

Valentine's large and colorful family is featured in this book, and I loved all the scenes where they appeared.  The interplay between characters was a pleasure to read.

The characterizations were well drawn and the dialogue moved quickly.  There were some great lines, like Gabriel's "Women end up two ways by the age of seventy.  If you're thin, you wind up looking like Granny Clampitt from The Beverly Hillbillies, and if you're heavyset, you end up like Aunt Bee on Mayberry"  (p. 28).

Adriana Trigiani excels at description.  As a foodie, I loved some of her food descriptions in the book, like the list of homemade cookies at Valentine's family home in the Christmas engagement announcement scene.

I have not read the first two books in the Valentine series, although I loved the Big Stone Gap series and especially loved The Shoemaker's Wife. (I have recommended that book many times over to friends.)  This book worked fine for me as a standalone book.  There was plenty of back story on the characters.  (I will admit that I now want to read the first two Valentine novels as well!)

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to other readers.


About 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; the Big 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 and Viola 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
 
I received a copy of this book from Italy Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 
The publisher has generously offered an autographed copy of The Supreme Macaroni Company to one lucky reader.  Entry is easy with the Rafflecopter form, below.  The winner will be randomly drawn on Friday, August 22, notified and requested to send their mailing address within 2 days.  The publisher will then send a copy of the book to the winner. 

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21 comments:

Treasures By Brenda said...

Sounds like a good book, Trish. Italy is on my bucket list.

Heather Sullivan said...

this looks like a great read!! id love to go to italy!

Kelly Ratcliff said...

I have wanted to try this trilogy- I love her books.

Susan Deppner said...

It does sound like a good book. I always enjoy reading your reviews. Sharing this with Kindle Today on Facebook!

Nancy said...

I love all her books! I can't wait to read this one!

Nancy
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Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks, Susan! I really appreciate the share to your great Kindle Today page!

bn100 said...

interesting sounding series

katja9_10 said...

This sounds like a really good book. I am interested in reading about the setting (Italy = Love!).

Les Johnson

Diane52 said...

I would love to read this
diane Baum
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Dawn Schultz said...

I haven't read any books by Trigiani yet, but this one sounds so good!

FinestFinn said...

This book likes a good read. I would enjoy reading it as my dear friend's family comes from Italy.

Rebecca Lock said...

I have read the book and it is wonderful. I have read all the books and have fallen in love with the characters.

laurasloves said...

I have read all of her books and cannot wait to read this one.
Laurie Emerson
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

kathy dalton said...

This book looks great

cyndi br said...

I like the story line

Elise Johansen Harvey said...

This is my first time hearing about these books, but The Supreme Macaroni Company looks great! I'd be excited to read it!

Kasey L. said...

i can't wait to read this!

Jocelyn said...

I've never heard of this book. It sounds like it would be fun to read.

CyndySuWho said...

Sounds like a lovely book. Italy is one of my favorite places!

tracy webb said...

I want to read, sounds great.

blew415 said...

It sounds interesting