I would like to thank Edelweiss and Harper Collins for an ARC(advanced reading copy) of “Kiss Carlo” by Adriana Trigiani for my honest review.
The genres of this novel are Women’s Fiction and Historical Fiction.
The timeline of this story is 1949, after the war. The story takes place in a little Italian town, South Philly and New York in the United States.
In Southern Philly, there are two brothers feuding over land that had belonged to their father when he was alive. This feud splits the large family in two. Both brothers have a cab company, and one brother adds a service to deliver telegrams. The wives and cousins are now separated by this family feud.
Nick, an orphan is brought up in one of the families by his aunt and uncle. He drives a taxi, and delivers telegrams. He finds work also in a small theater company, and finds that he loves acting. Nick has been engaged for seven years and feels something is missing. Nick decides to pursue an acting career in New York City.
I love the way that Adriana Trigiani writes about the love, encouragement and support of family. I enjoyed the author’s descriptions of family traditions, and the food and festivities.
The characters are described as complex and complicated. In “Kiss Carlo”, the author describes Italian, Jewish, Polish and Black families in this time period, and how well they get along. The characters are accepting of one another.
The author writes about family, friends,loyalty, love and hope. You can see growth in the characters. This is a wonderful book, and I would highly recommend it.