Lucia, Lucia 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… Lucia, Lucia 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… 2003-07-01 Fiction Random House
Review

Lucia, Lucia (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jul 01, 2003; Writer: Adriana Trigiani; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Random House

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.

Originally posted Jul 11, 2003 Published in issue #718 Jul 11, 2003 Order article reprints