Jennifer Armstrong
July 11, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lucia, Lucia

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Adriana Trigiani
publisher
Random House
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B-

Lucia is a 1950s career gal, a seamstress at a Manhattan department store who won’t settle for playing housewife. But she unravels when she meets a handsome, mysterious stranger. Trigiani(Big Stone Gap) starts with an extraneous modern-day narrator sitting down for tea with an old Lucia, who picks up her own fairy tale. Once Lucia gets going, her compelling story — not to mention the decadent descriptions of high-society fashion and her family’s Italian cooking — makes for a breezy read. But it doesn’t go any deeper than the tea-party conversation it supposedly is. ”You are too enamored of the surface,” Lucia’s father tells her. That goes for the book, too.

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