Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE; the Big Stone Gap series; VERY VALENTINE; BRAVA, VALENTINE; LUCIA, LUCIA; and the bestselling memoir DON'T SING AT THE TABLE, as well as the young adult novels VIOLA IN REEL LIFE and VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT. She wrote the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she also directed. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Books by Adriana Trigiani

by Adriana Trigiani - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Historical Fiction

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. 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 who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more. 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.

by Adriana Trigiani - Fiction, Historical Fiction

The movie business is booming in 1935 when 21-year-old Loretta Young meets 34-year-old Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild. Though he's already married, Gable falls for the stunning and vivacious young actress instantly. Far from the glittering lights of Hollywood, Sister Alda Ducci has been forced to leave her convent and begin a new journey that leads her to Loretta. Over the course of decades, they forge an enduring bond of love and loyalty that will be put to the test when they eventually face the greatest obstacle of their lives.

by Adriana Trigiani - Fiction, Women's Fiction

In this conclusion to Adriana Trigiani's Valentine trilogy, Valentine Roncalli is marrying Gianluca Vechiarelli, the love of her life. However, she hasn't truly considered the cultural and age differences between an American businesswoman and a native Italian who's 18 years her senior. The repercussions lead to a rollercoaster love story with a powerful emotional payoff.

by Adriana Trigiani - Fiction, Historical Fiction

At the turn of the last century, when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future.

by Adriana Trigiani

In DON’T SING AT THE TABLE, Adriana Trigiani reveals how her grandmothers’ simple values have shaped her own life, sharing the experiences, humor and wisdom of her beloved mentors to delight readers of all ages.

by Adriana Trigiani - Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Viola is back home in Brooklyn where she's free to be her spunky self. But the excitement of getting to hang with her two best friends comes to a screeching halt when Andrew starts acting strange and Caitlin ditches her for a new boy. Amid Viola's confusion --- should she stay or leave Brooklyn? --- a tragic event proves that friendships are her true foundation.

by Adriana Trigiani - Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Three reasons why Viola Chesterton knows she’ll never survive her first year at boarding school:

1. She has to leave behind her best friend, Andrew

2. and replace him with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there

3. "There" is South Bend, Indiana, which feels about as far away from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as you can get

Boarding school, though, is nothing like she thought it would be, and soon Viola realizes she's in for the most incredible year of her life. But first, she has to put the camera down, and let the world in.

by Adriana Trigiani - Fiction

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.

by Adriana Trigiani - Fiction

Nella, the middle daughter of five, aspires to a genteel life “in town,” far from the rigors of farm life. But Nella’s dreams shift when she meets Renato Lanzara, the son of a prominent family. Renato is a worldly, handsome, devil-may-care poet who has a way with words that makes him irresistible. But Nella is not alone in her pursuit: every girl in town seems to want Renato.