The Queen of the Big Time

The Queen of the Big Time

Book - 2004
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Set in early 20th-century smalltown America, Trigiani's fifth novel (after the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia) tells a heartfelt but clumsy story of strong women enduring the rigors of farm life and the trials of romantic and familial relations. At its worst, the novel is a morass of incomplete story lines, underdeveloped characters and inconsistent tenses. Still, readers who've fallen for Trigiani's hallmark personages-Italian immigrants living the American dream in rural Pennsylvania-in previous books will delight in meeting these new ones. Nella Castelluca has brains and ambition; she hopes to someday become a teacher. Alas, when her father is injured at work, she must quit school and stay home to help on the family farm. Her first dream slips away, but working farm life turns out to be not so bad, and Nella eventually falls for the dreamy poet Renato Lanzara. But when he skips town, dream two is crushed, and Nella faces a tough reality: marry another man, and move on. Easier said than done, of course, and Trigiani spends the rest of the book drawing out the saga. Although the writing never rises above B-level, the novel does paint a thorough picture of Italian-American family life and the deep pain of lost love.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400060061
Branch Call Number: F TRI
Characteristics: 261 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 02, 2014

Excellent book. I recently found this author and now devouring all of her books. This one makes you want to keep reading all night.

Nov 14, 2013

This is not as interesting as "The shoemaker's wife" - lectures abit much and falls into the "pop" fiction category - I did like it , though

carrilis Apr 05, 2012

If you like this author, you will definitely like this book! I enjoy Trigiani's lighter writing style. This is a great story and I think I prefer her stand along novels over her series ones.


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