New Meetup: Cranberry Meeting "Very Valentine" by Adriana Trigiani

From: Kim
Sent on: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 10:23 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Pittsburgh Chick Lit Book Club!

What: Cranberry Meeting "Very Valentine" by Adriana Trigiani

When: Wednesday, April 21,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Simply Yogurt
1183 Freedom Rd
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
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April's book selection is "Very Valentine" by Adriana Trigiani.

People Magazine describes the book as: ?Sex and the City meets Moonstruck?.Sly, sensual, and dripping in style.?

We'll change it up this month and head next door to Simply Yogurt to have some treats while we talk about the book.

Hope to see you there!

A bit about the book...

Synopsis

Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, a vibrant cast of colorful characters who navigate tricky family dynamics with hilarity and brio, from magical Manhattan to the picturesque hills of bella Italia. Very Valentine is the first novel in a trilogy and is sure to be the new favorite of Trigiani's millions of fans around the world.

In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin.

While juggling a budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother to learn new techniques and seek one-of-a-kind materials for building a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals. There, in Tuscany, Naples, and on the Isle of Capri, a family secret is revealed as Valentine discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life and the family business upside down in ways she never expected. Very Valentine is a sumptuous treat, a journey of dreams fulfilled, a celebration of love and loss filled with Trigiani's trademark heart and humor.


Publishers Weekly

This first-in-a-trilogy is a frilly valentine to Manhattan's picturesque West Village, starring a boisterous and charmingly contentious Italian-American family. Valentine Roncalli, adrift after a failed relationship and an aborted teaching career, becomes an apprentice to her 80-year-old grandmother, Teodora Angelini, at the tiny family shoe business. While Valentine struggles to come up with a financial plan-and shoe design-to bring the Old World operation into the 21st century, her brother, Alfred, is pushing Gram to retire and sell her building for $6 million. It's not all business for Valentine, of course: handsome and sophisticated Roman Falconi, owner and chef at a posh restaurant, is vying for her heart. Bestselling Trigiani channels ambition and girl-power, but is surprisingly reserved-and retro-when it comes to romance: "[O]ur relationship has to build slowly and beautifully in order to hold all the joy and misery that lies ahead," thinks Valentine. Still, this genteel and lush tale of soles and souls has loads of charm and will leave readers eager for the sequel. (Feb.)

Biography

An award-winning playwright, TV writer, and documentary filmmaker, Adriana Trigiani is especially known for her bestselling novels that explore Italian-American families living and loving in America's heartland, most notably her beloved Big Stone Gap trilogy.


Visit here to check out the author's website:

http://www.adrianatrigiani.com/welcome.html


This book is available via Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Very-Valentine-Novel-Adriana-Trigiani/dp/0061257052


You should also be able to get it at either Borders or Barnes & Noble, or you can request the book through the Carnegie Library Network.


Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Pgh-Chick-Lit-Book-Club/calendar/12900359/

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