Kiss Carlo

Kiss Carlo

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Establishing a stable home and Western Union Telegraph Office in post-World War II Philadelphia, the hardworking Palazzini family is shattered by their nephew's epiphany in the wake of a telegram that changes everything for the citizens of a small Italian-American village.

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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 creativitythe 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 fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fiancée 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.



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When a telegram with urgent news for the Italian-American village of Roseto arrives, Nicky drives to the village to deliver the news and he has an epiphany that will change the Palazzini family's and the townspeople's lives.

Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780062319241
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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Nov 07, 2017

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

Katherine_A Sep 29, 2017

I have been a longtime fan of Adriana Trigiani. I have enjoyed a lot of her titles over the years. I feel like Kiss Carlo is coming back to her original voice. This story takes place in South Philadelphia in 1949. Similar to Trigiani’s other titles, the characters are Italian American. The main character, Nicky Castone, is the nephew of Dominic Palazzini. The Palazinni’s raised Nicky after his mother passed away. Dominic owns the Palazzini cab and Western Union telegraph company. Nicky drives a cab for the company. Nicky also works in a local theater in the evenings. He has the opportunity to act on stage one night and finds that his real passion is acting. The way he goes about reaching his goal provides some comedy. The story was fun. I liked the characters the most, especially Nicky.

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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