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Book Title: The Queen of the Big Time|
Edition: Random House
Date of issue: July 6th 2004
ISBN 13: 9781588364050
The author of the book: Adriana Trigiani
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.70 MB
Read full description of the books The Queen of the Big Time:Widely known and loved for her moving Big Stone Gap trilogy and the New York Times bestseller Lucia, Lucia, Adriana Trigiani returns to the pageantry of small-town life with Queen of the Big Time. This heartrending story of forbidden love chronicles the remarkable life of the Castellucas, an Italian-American family, over the course of three generations. In the late 1800s, the residents of a small village in the Bari region of Italy, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, made a mass migration to the promised land: America. They settled in Roseto, Pennsylvania, and re-created their former lives in their new home -- down to the very last detail of who lived next door to whom. The village's celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel -- or "the Big Time," as the occasion is called by the young women who compete to be the pageant's queen -- is the centerpiece of Roseto's old-world tradition.
The industrious Castellucas work the land outside Roseto. Teenage Nella, the middle daughter of five, aspires to a genteel life "in town," far from the rigors of farm life, which have taken a toll on her mother and placed the Castellucas low on the social strata. But Nella's dreams of making her own fortune shift when she meets and falls in love with Renato Lanzara, a worldly, handsome, devil-may-care poet who has a way with words that makes him irresistible. Their friendship ignites into a passionate affair that Nella is certain will lead to marriage. But Nella is not alone in her pursuit: every girl in town seems to want Renato. When he disappears without explanation, Nella is left with a shattered heart. Four years later, Renato's sudden return to Roseto the night before Nella's wedding leaves her and all the townsfolk shaken. For although Renato has chosen a path very different from Nella's, they are fated to live together, in the same town, for the rest of their lives.
An epic of small-town life, The Queen of the Big Time is the story of a determined, passionate woman who, through decades of change, cannot forget her first love.
Read information about the authorBeloved by millions of readers around the world for her “dazzling” novels, (USA Today) Adriana Trigiani is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books in fiction and nonfiction. She is published in 35 countries around the world.
Adriana is also a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. “A comedy writer with a heart of gold,” (New York Times) Adriana is the award-winning director of the documentary film, Queens of the Big Time. She wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. Big Stone Gap spent 11 weeks in theaters in the fall of 2015 and was the #2 top-grossing romantic comedy of the year.
Adriana co-founded The Origin Project with Nancy Bolmeier Fisher, an in-school writing program which serves over a thousand students in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia.
Her latest novel, Kiss Carlo, described as “a delightfully sprawling comedy full of extended families, in all their cocooning warmth and suffocating expectations” (Kirkus) will be published June 20, 2017. A new expanded edition of Cooking with My Sisters will be everywhere in November 2017.
She lives in New York City with her family and their rescue pets. Adriana speaks to book clubs and classrooms regularly. To invite her and schedule a Skype, please reach out to her at email@example.com, join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or visit her at her website: adrianatrigiani.com.
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