Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Kiss Carlo

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  "Waiting on Wednesday" spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani
Pub. Date: June 20, 2017



Goodreads says, "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."
I am such a sucker for Trigiani's novels. I still remember staying up late to finish The Shoemaker's Wife and it had me sobbing like a baby when it was over. Trigiani's novels remind me of grandmother who always enjoyed her books, so I am excited to check Kiss Carlo out this summer. Plus, the South Philadelphia setting should be a lot of fun! What do you guys think?



4 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous cover and there is A LOT going on in that synopsis! :D I love a good complicated family story. I hope you end up loving this one as much as The Shoemaker's Wife, Christina!

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    1. Me too. Thanks, Becky, and thanks for dropping by.

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  2. I loved The Shoemaker's Wife so I'm hoping this will be similar. Great pick!

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    1. Me too! One of my favorites for sure. Thanks for visiting, Christina!

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