I am honored in having been chosen by Laura Fabiani from Italy Book Tours to review the newest book by the bestselling author, Adriana Trigiani – The Supreme Macaroni Company.
Adriana has a way of writing that is both natural and funny at the same time, and she keeps you glued to her stories.
This story revolves around Valentine, an Italian-American young woman who creates beautiful shoes – how very Italian of her 🙂 The shoe company has been in her family since her grandparents brought the craft over from Italy when they immigrated. She has big dreams for her shoe company and she brings to it lots of love and creativity. Of course, she also falls head over heels (haha) for a beautiful Italian man and the book tells their love story. They jet set between the East Coast and beautiful Italy and the description of their home in Santa Margarita Ligure makes you feel like you are there, breathing in the warm sea air and revelling in the dazzling blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Aaahh…it reminds me of my time in the Cinque Terre and makes me smile every time I think of it.
Valentine is part of a crazy Italian family, complete with loud explosive arguments coupled with the love and warmth of a close family. Everyone is part of everyone else’s business and there is no hiding! But when push comes to shove, they are there for each other in all regards! There’s even a crazy aunt who is opinionated, stubborn, and down right rude (isn’t there always one in every family?)
On the whole, this book is very good – I read almost all of it during a plane ride back from Italy and it kept me entertained (at least, I wasn’t falling asleep every few seconds – that came on the second leg of the trip when I’d already finished the book!) But in comparison to her other book, The Shoemaker’s Wife (you can read my review here), I think I liked that one better. Adriana has a great way to bring everyday life to the forefront, but in a couple of instances, it was a bit too much normal life ( for instance, when she was going on and on about a typical evening at home eating dinner and conversing – I felt like I was eavesdropping on a normal family conversation – there was nothing exciting going on, just the mundane chatter of everyday life). I think I know why she was describing this very normal evening because of subsequent events that were about to occur, but even still, it was a little boring. The other criticism I have is that I think the title of the book (being the name of company she built) is disconnected. It doesn’t seem to fit…again, it’s my opinion, but I think something a bit more creative could have been chosen. Despite these few stabs of criticism, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it for an easy and entertaining read!
If you would like a chance to have your very own copy of this book, autographed by Adriana herself, here are a few ways to win it: leave a comment below, become a follower of my blog, or share this review on your blog or Facebook page! I will randomly choose a winner on August 25th and the publisher will send out the book to the lucky recipient (once I get all the pertinent info through a private email)!
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.
Connect with Adriana here: adrianatrigiani.com