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Tony's Wife: A Novel von Adriana Trigiani
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Tony's Wife: A Novel (2018. Auflage)

von Adriana Trigiani (Autor)

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"Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreams. Shortly before World War II, Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore and fall in love. Both are talented and ambitious, and both share the dream of becoming singers for the legendary orchestras of the time: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman. They're soon married, and it isn't long before Chiara and Tony find that their careers are on the way up as they navigate the glamorous worlds of night clubs, radio, and television. All goes well until it becomes clear that they must make a choice: Which of them will put their ambitions aside to raise a family and which will pursue a career? And how will they cope with the impact that decision has on their lives and their marriage? From the Jersey shore to Las Vegas to Hollywood, and all the dance halls in between, this multi-layered story is vivid with historical color and steeped in the popular music that serves as its score. Tony's Wife is a magnificent epic of life in a traditional Italian family undergoing seismic change in a fast paced, modern world. Filled with vivid, funny, and unforgettable characters, this richly human story showcases Adriana Trigiani's gifts as a storyteller and her deep understanding of family, love, and the pursuit of the American dream." -- Amazon.… (mehr)
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Titel:Tony's Wife: A Novel
Autoren:Adriana Trigiani (Autor)
Info:Harper (2018), Edition: First Edition, 496 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:***
Tags:Fiction, New Jersey, Show Business, Marriage

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Two young musicians, singer Saverio and songwriter Chi Chi try to make it in the Big Band world. But is success everything they dreamed of after all?

I've been fairly meh on most of what I've read by Trigiani, but I decided to give this book a try anyway. The title is very misleading because we don't meet Tony for quite some time and it's even longer before we meet his wife. The beginning of the book was a bit slow, especially because it started off focusing on Saverio, who I never felt was compelling as a character. Once Chi Chi entered the scene, I was far more interested as she is a vibrant and engaging character. But as time went by, I felt that Trigiani did Chi Chi wrong; she deserved a far better life than she was given and, frankly, some of her behavior (e.g., being a doormat for her ex-husband) was very out of line with her character (e.g., insisting on financial independence at a time when that was not a thing for women).

The pacing was a little off here and there -- long descriptions of someone's clothes for instance and then the barest mention of a marriage, divorce, or birth -- but overall the writing was decent. I suppose the argument could be made that Trigiani wrote a rather gripping story because I felt so strongly about both main characters, but I felt like so much of Saverio's parts could have been downsized or completely stripped and the book would have been improved. Honestly, a story about Chi Chi and her sisters working the music scene with their all-girl band would have been a better one, and no Saverio was needed. It seems from what I've read so far of her works, Trigiani can write some really stand-up female leads, and then stinks at procuring male leads worthy of them.

For the audiobook reader, the narrator here did a good job of giving different voices and accents to the various characters. However, his voice for general narration was a bit too placid for my taste. ( )
1 abstimmen sweetiegherkin | Nov 28, 2020 |
Pandemic read ( )
  bookczuk | Nov 18, 2020 |
Quite a disappointment after others that I've read by her. I did finish it- and I'm not sure why. Just a story about a young, Italian girl who gives up everything for nothing. ( )
1 abstimmen nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
Thanks to Book Club Cookbook's Galley Match program and Harper publisher for a copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

I've read and liked several books written by Adriana Trigiani so I thought I knew what I was going to get with Tony's Wife but it turned out to be a different novel. What I liked: the large and loving Donatelli family; Chi Chi, a woman who pursues financial independence beginning in the 1930's; Mariano, an Italian father who encourages his daughter to develop her career instead of just to get married and have babies; and the backstage scenes of the swing era and the growing music industry. Loved the cover with those white sunglasses! What I didn't like: the way Chi Chi was strong and independent in every way except when it came to Tony; the author's over-explaining and repetition of certain facts and the omission of others - where was the editor?

The novel is over 400 pages, and I'm just not comfortable recommending my friends spend so much time with this book when I only rated it 2 1/2 stars. If you want to read a good Adriana Trigiani book, read Very Valentine or Lucia, Lucia. ( )
1 abstimmen PhyllisReads | Jan 18, 2020 |
I picked this up because of the author, but I wasn’t impressed. The characters had no depth. The language seemed unrealistic. This was one of the few books I did not finish reading. ( )
1 abstimmen brangwinn | May 19, 2019 |
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"Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreams. Shortly before World War II, Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore and fall in love. Both are talented and ambitious, and both share the dream of becoming singers for the legendary orchestras of the time: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman. They're soon married, and it isn't long before Chiara and Tony find that their careers are on the way up as they navigate the glamorous worlds of night clubs, radio, and television. All goes well until it becomes clear that they must make a choice: Which of them will put their ambitions aside to raise a family and which will pursue a career? And how will they cope with the impact that decision has on their lives and their marriage? From the Jersey shore to Las Vegas to Hollywood, and all the dance halls in between, this multi-layered story is vivid with historical color and steeped in the popular music that serves as its score. Tony's Wife is a magnificent epic of life in a traditional Italian family undergoing seismic change in a fast paced, modern world. Filled with vivid, funny, and unforgettable characters, this richly human story showcases Adriana Trigiani's gifts as a storyteller and her deep understanding of family, love, and the pursuit of the American dream." -- Amazon.

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