The Queen of the Big Time Nary a knot goes untied in this early-20th-century coming-of-age story, following the Castelluca clan of immigrant farmers in Roseto, Pa. Deaths lead to births, dreams… The Queen of the Big Time Nary a knot goes untied in this early-20th-century coming-of-age story, following the Castelluca clan of immigrant farmers in Roseto, Pa. Deaths lead to births, dreams… 2004-07-06 Fiction
Book Review

The Queen Of The Big Time (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 06, 2004; Writer: Adriana Trigiani; Genre: Fiction

Nary a knot goes untied in this early-20th-century coming-of-age story, following the Castelluca clan of immigrant farmers in Roseto, Pa. Deaths lead to births, dreams deferred yield wondrous new visions, and absent lovers inevitably return. (As a priest. At an ex-lover's wedding rehearsal.) Our narrator is Nella, a headstrong teen with academic ambitions and an unflagging ardor for poet/playboy Renato Lanzara. If Trigiani is not blessed with subtlety -- how many times must she mention that treacherous mine shaft? -- her intensely detailed characters compensate.

Originally posted Jul 09, 2004 Published in issue #773 Jul 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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