AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
[An] immersive saga. . . . A celebration of family and a paean to the power of storytelling."--People
, Book of the Week
Trigiani conveys the beauty of Italy, the hardships of war, the taste of family recipes, and the enduring love of family.--Library Journal (starred)
"The beauty of any book by Adriana Trigiani is her ability to interweave life and fiction. . . . Don't miss your chance to take this unforgettable journey with the Cabrelli women!" --Lisa Wingate, Book of the Month
From "a master of visual and palpable detail" (The Washington Post
), comes a lush, immersive novel about three generations of Tuscan artisans with one remarkable secret. Epic in scope and resplendent with the glorious themes of identity and belonging, The Good Left Undone
unfolds in breathtaking turns.
Matelda, the Cabrelli family's matriarch, has always been brusque and opinionated. Now, as she faces the end of her life, she is determined to share a long-held secret with her family about her own mother's great love story: with her childhood friend, Silvio, and with dashing Scottish sea captain John Lawrie McVicars, the father Matelda never knew. . . .
In the halcyon past, Domenica Cabrelli thrives in the coastal town of Viareggio until her beloved home becomes unsafe when Italy teeters on the brink of World War II. 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 are imprisoned without cause--as Domenica experiences love, loss, and grief while she longs for home. A hundred years later, her daughter, Matelda, and her granddaughter, Anina, face the same big questions about life and their family's legacy, while Matelda contemplates what is worth fighting for. But Matelda is running out of time, and the two timelines intersect and weave together in unexpected and heartbreaking ways that lead the family to shocking revelations and, ultimately, redemption.Author:
9.31h x 6.33w x 1.46dISBN:
9780593183328Review Citation(s): Library Journal Prepub Alert
11/01/2021 pg. 16Publishers Weekly
02/15/2022 pg. 16Kirkus Reviews
04/01/2022 pg. 81
About the Author
Adriana Trigiani is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty books in fiction and nonfiction, published in thirty-eight languages around the world. The Good Left Undone is her seventeenth novel. Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, based on her debut novel, and adapted her novel Very Valentine for television. Four years ago, Trigiani began talking to the world's most interesting authors on her Facebook Live show Adriana Ink. Trigiani grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, where she co-founded the Origin Project, an in-school, year-round writing program that serves more than 1,700 students in grades 2-12. Trigiani is proud to serve on the New York State Council on the Arts. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.