Rococo

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.93 hours)
Product Number: Z100012117
Released: Feb 12, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415951996
Narrator/s: Stephen Hoye
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Description

New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her humor, warmth, and captivating storytelling in the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia, takes on love, lust, tricky family dynamics, and home decorating in Rococo, the uproarious tale of a small Italian American town poised for a makeover it never expected. Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. To date, Bartolomeo has hand-selected every chandelier, sconce, and ottoman in OLOF, so when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man for the job. From the dazzling shores of New Jersey to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to luscious Santa Margherita on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent, sophistication, and his aesthetic vision to his hometown. Trigiani's glittering mosaic of small-town characters sparkles: Bartolomeo's hilarious sister, Toot, is in desperate need of a postdivorce transformation-thirteen years after the fact; "The Benefactor," Aurelia Mandelbaum, the richest woman in New Jersey, has a lust for French interiors and a long-held hope that Bartolomeo will marry her myopic daughter, Capri; Father Porporino, the pastor with a secret, does his best to keep a lid on a simmering scandal; and Eydie Von Gunne, the chic international designer, steps in and changes the course of Bartolomeo's creative life, while his confidante, cousin Christina Menecola, awaits rescue from an inconsolable grief. Plaster of Paris, polished marble, and unbridled testosterone arrive in buckets when Bartolomeo recruits Rufus McSherry, a strapping, handsome artist, and Pedro Allercon, a stained-glass artisan, to work with him on the church's interior. Together, the three of them will do more than blow the dust off the old Fatima frescoes-they will turn the town upside down, challenge the faithful, and restore hope where there once was none. Brilliantly funny and as fanciful as flocked wallpaper, filled with glamorous locales from New Jersey to Europe, from Sunday Mass to the American Society of Interior Designers soirEe at the Plaza Hotel, Rococo is Trigiani's masterpiece, a classic comedy with a heart of gold leaf. "A veritable crazy quilt of quirky Italian Americans...?rigiani weaves all these subplots together with wonderful ease; every seam is perfectly straight, every pleat in place. Bartolomeo would expect no less. A-."-Entertainment Weekly "Clever...?reating characters so lively they bounce off the page and possessing a wit so subtle that even the best jokes seem effortless, Trigiani is a master storyteller. Equal parts sass and silliness, Rococo is an artfully designed tale with enough brio to make Frank Gehry proud."-People

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Author(s): Adriana Trigiani
Original Publish Date: Feb 12, 2008

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Author(s): Adriana Trigiani
Product Number EB00165089
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9781588364661

Professional reviews

"Listening to Stephen Hoye reading ROCOCO is like eating lemon merinque pie--its light, frothy, scrumptious descriptions are balanced by a tart account of an extended Italian-American family. Living in northern New Jersey, they laugh, love, scheme, and yell as they struggle to balance cherished traditions with the new cultural order of all things, from hairdos and clothing styles to the parish church. Hoye's sensitive delivery of architectural and interior design descriptions will cause listeners to yearn to redo every living space NOW--and to cherish these memorable and captivating characters, who are blessed with good and generous hearts and strong family bonds. L.C. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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