Adriana Trigiani at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center in Brookfield, Wednesday, July 12, 7 pm
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present their first literary collaboration, an evening with Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her bestselling novels, including "All the Stars in the Heavens," "The Shoemaker's Wife," and the "Big Stone Gap" series.
Tickets are $32.00 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of Trigiani's latest novel, "Kiss Carlo." A signing will follow the talk.
Adriana Trigiani's latest novel, "Kiss Carlo," explores the vibrant, complex Italian-American experience in a dazzling novel that brings to life the golden years of post-war America, a celebration of ambition, risk, love, reinvention and one remarkable family with a secret. Adding to this mix, Trigiani, per "Kirkus Reviews," uses the motifs of the Bard's plays -- orphans, star-crossed lovers, family feuds, and mistaken identities to create A delightfully sprawling comedy full of extended families, in all their cocooning warmth and suffocating expectations.
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: business is good, they're surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a rematch.
Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife's orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more--more than just a job driving Car #4 and more than his longtime fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his Peachy 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, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes.
Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, "Kiss Carlo" brims with romance as long buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Trigiani's consummate storytelling skill and her trademark wit, along with a dazzling cast of characters will enthrall readers. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast. "Kiss Carlo" is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love, and the abiding power of la famiglia.
"Kiss Carlo" is a captivating, multilayered novel about the power of family secrets, the triumph of true love over grief, and the courage to risk everything for the American dream, Italian style. Trigiani's themes of love and work, emphasis upon craftsmanship and family life have brought her legions of fans who call themselves Adri-addicts (a term coined by book maven Robin Kall). Their devotion has made Adriana one of the reigning queens of womens fiction, per "USA Today."
About the Author: Adriana Trigiani is the author of sixteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic "The Shoemakers Wife;" "All the Stars in the Heavens;" the "Big Stone Gap" series; "Lucia, Lucia;" the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; and the memoir "Dont Sing at the Table;" and the soon to be rereleased cookbook, "Cooking with My Sisters." She is the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary "Queens of the Big Time," and she wrote and directed the major motion picture "Big Stone Gap," based on her debut novel.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Performing Arts (View)
19805 W Capitol Dr
Brookfield, WI 53045
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