Kiss Carlo

Kiss Carlo

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times-bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativity--the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.

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 re-match. 

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 fianc#65533;e Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fianc#65533;e 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.

From the dreamy mountaintop village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy, to the vibrant streets of South Philly, to the close-knit enclave of Roseto, Pennsylvania, to New York City during the birth of the golden age of television, Kiss Carlo is a powerful, inter-generational story that celebrates the ties that bind, while staying true to oneself when all hope seems lost.

Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, this novel 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.


Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062319227
Branch Call Number: FIC Trigi
Characteristics: 532 pages ; 24 cm


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DBRL_ANNEG Feb 23, 2019

Enjoyable saga of an Italian family in post-WWII Philadelphia. Author Adriana Trigiani creates delightful and interesting characters and they alone drew me into the story. I cared about the family and their neighbors and friends and enjoyed my time with them. I laughed a bit and cried a bit, which is generally the sign of a good book for me. I did find the way the story was woven together to be a bit bumpy at times, which took away from the flow of the story overall. The book covers several years and the transition of the years felt like they were handled somewhat abruptly at times. Plus, it ran a tad long for my tastes. But, all in all, I think Trigiani does a great job with creating intriguing characters and so I would definitely give her another try.

Aug 05, 2018

KISS CARLO contains many of the charming ingredients fans of author Adriana Trigiani (like me) have come to expect: big colorful Italian families, Italian traditions, romance, humor, and breezy, engaging writing. On the other hand, KISS CARLO suffers from too many pages, too many characters, and too many subplots with little to no tension. This book could’ve used some serious editing so KISS CARLO gets mixed reactions from me.

Nov 07, 2017

I didn't love it as much as The Shoemaker's Wife but a good read.

debwalker Jul 13, 2017

Pennie's Pick for July 2017!
"The sweeping multigenerational story effortlessly transports readers from Italy to the streets of South Philly to New York City, while the characters explore the ties that bind, tradition, wanting more from life, Shakespeare and much more. As they examine what they want for themselves, they also celebrate love, hope and family. Best of all? Trigiani tells this story with her trademark wit and joie de vivre."

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