VERSE & VINO Spotlight: Adriana Trigiani

BIOGRAPHY

Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her “dazzling” novels, (USA Today) Adriana Trigiani is The New York Times bestselling author of twenty books in fiction and nonfiction. She has been published in 38 countries around the world. The New York Times calls her “a comedy writer with a heart of gold,” her books “tiramisu for the soul.” She wrote the blockbuster The Shoemaker’s Wife, the Big Stone Gap series, the Valentine trilogy and Lucia, Lucia. Trigiani’s themes of love and work, emphasis upon craftsmanship and family life have brought her legions of fans around the world. Their devotion has made Adriana one of “the reigning queens of women’s fiction” (USA Today).

Adriana’s latest novel, The Good Left Undone, was an instant New York Times best seller, Book of the Month pick and People’s Book of the Week. The book also garnered recognition from book clubs across the country – it was named a Read with Jenna Best Beach of All Time, a Katie Couric Media Must-Read Book of 2022, Bustle Magazine’s Most Anticipated Book of 2022, Goodreads Most Popular Historical Fiction of 2022, a Veranda Magazine Book Club Pick, an Emily Giffin Book Club Pick, a New York Journal of Books Book Club Pick and a LibraryReads Pick! The national book tour sold out crowds across the country, carrying the book to regional best seller lists (GLIBA, NEIBA, NAIBA, SIBA, MIBA, CALIBA) as well as national best seller lists: New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly. Secure your own copy of the book from a local indie near you!

The House of Love (2021), Adriana’s first picture book for children with illustrations by Amy June Bates, incorporates elements from Adriana’s childhood in Appalachia, follows Mia Valentina Amore and her family as they come together to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The House of Love is available to order for young readers here.

Adriana was among the first creators on Bulletin, Facebook’s platform launched in 2021. Her newsletter “Adriana Spills the Ink,” covers all aspects of living with ideas gleaned from the world’s best authors and their books. Adriana provides the tips to help you find the tools to unleash the creativity in your own life. You can read the newsletter here.

Adriana is an award-winning playwright, television writer and producer, and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the film adaptation of her debut novel Big Stone Gap, shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown with an all-star cast including: Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Anthony LaPaglia, Jenna Elfman, Jane Krakowski, Judith Ivey, Mary Pat Gleason, Dagmara Dominczyk, Mary Testa, Paul Wilson, Chris Sarandon, Jasmine Guy, and introducing Erika Coleman and Bridget Gabbe, with music by John Leventhal, and songs performed by his lovely wife Rosanne Cash, the legendary Ralph Stanley, Papa Joe Smiddy and the Reedy Creek Boys, If Birds Could Fly and Michael Trigiani. Glorious local talent performed on the soundtrack and acted in the movie, sharing their gifts beyond the peaks of the Appalachian mountains.

ABOUT THE BOOK

From Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife and Kiss Carlo, comes her twentieth book, THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE. A lush, immersive novel about a hardworking family of Tuscan artisans with long-held secrets, epic in scope and resplendent with the glorious themes of identity and belonging, THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE unfolds in breathtaking detail.

Matelda, the matriarch of the Cabrelli family, long known for their exquisite jewel-making in the picturesque Italian town of Viareggio, is nearing the end of her life.  As she reflects on her family’s legacy, she realizes she is running out of time to share the stories she has left untold to her daughter and granddaughter—especially the ones concerning her mother and the great loves of her life: Silvio, her childhood friend, and the proud Scottish sea captain John Lawrie McVicars, the father Matelda never knew.

In the halcyon days of the past, Domenica Cabrelli thrives in the coastal town of Viareggio until the day her beloved home becomes unsafe while Italy teeters on the brink of World War II. As her journey takes her from the rocky shores of Marseille to the mystical beauty of Scotland to the dangers of wartime Liverpool—where Italian Scots were imprisoned without cause—Domenica experiences love, loss, and grief as she longs for home. A hundred years later, her daughter, Matelda, and her great-granddaughter, Anina, face the same big questions about life and their family’s legacy as Matelda contemplates what is worth fighting for, and when to let go. The two timelines intersect and weave together in unexpected and heartbreaking ways that lead the family to redemption.

Riveting, beautifully written, and based on a meticulously researched true story, THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE transports readers to the beautiful Italian coastline and the quaint Scottish villages. For Trigiani fans old and new, THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE is the must-read historical fiction novel this spring..

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