• Hardcover: 544 pages
• Publisher: Harper (June 20, 2017)
From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times-bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativity—the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.
It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: business is good, they’re surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match.
Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife’s orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more—more than just a job driving Car #4 and more than his longtime fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fiancée that he’s been secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players and to the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes.
From the dreamy mountaintop village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy, to the vibrant streets of South Philly, to the close-knit enclave of Roseto, Pennsylvania, to New York City during the birth of the golden age of television, Kiss Carlo is a powerful, inter-generational story that celebrates the ties that bind, while staying true to oneself when all hope seems lost.
Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, this novel brims with romance as long buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Trigiani’s consummate storytelling skill and her trademark wit, along with a dazzling cast of characters will enthrall readers. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love, and the abiding power of la famiglia.
It’s Friday!!! I hope everyone had a great week. Mine was crazy and long but the best thing about it was I read some good books this week.
Today I am bringing you a review of Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigani. Welcome to my stop in the blog tour for Kiss Carlo. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.
Truth be told I don’t quite know how to describe Kiss Carlo accurately enough to do it justice. You just have to read it. I don’t know exactly what I expected when I received Kiss Carlo, I just knew the cover which is absolutely stunning, intrigued me. The cover made me think romance but I also thought historical fiction when I read the synopsis.
Kiss Carlo made me remember how much I love a character driven story. My absolutely favorite thing about this novel were the characters. There are a lot of them and we get alternating perspectives of quite a few of them. While some may not prefer that, I absolutely loved it. I think Adriana Trigiani handles multiple perspectives so well!
This book was a bigger book in terms of length but it didn’t actually feel like it. I read it pretty fast because I thought it was interesting and I was having so much fun learning about the characters and their various relationships, betrayals, interests, etc. I’m always really intrigued with intergenerational stories and also with Italian culture and families so this read was a fun one for me, the storytelling is rich and well done!
If you love stories with family drama, romance, betrayal and historical settings, this is a read that you will want to pick up. I loved it and the cover is just super gorgeous, it has this pearly sheen to it. I’ve never seen that on a book before. I think summer is the perfect time to dig into this book. Don’t let the size daunt you, it will go by so fast because it’s so enjoyable. This was my first book by this author and I’m going to be looking into reading more from her because I really enjoyed and connected with her writing style. 5 stars, I loved this one!
About Adriana Trigiani
Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 17 books, which have been published in 36 countries around the world. She is a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the film version of her novel Big Stone Gap, which was shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. She is co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than a thousand students in Appalachia. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.