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The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel (Valentine Trilogy Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Adriana Trigiani
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Book Description

In The Shoemaker's Wife Adriana Trigiani swept her readers across generations of an Italian family, from the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, she weaves a heartbreaking story that begins on the eve of a wedding in New York's Greenwich Village, travels to New Orleans, and culminates in Tuscany. Family, work, romance, and the unexpected twists of life and fate all come together in an unforgettable narrative that Adriana Trigiani's many fans will adore.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Trigiani (The Shoemaker's Wife) explores the delicate balance (and unbalance) between work, family, and love. Valentine Roncalli, a shoemaker at her family's business, Angelini Shoe Company, is going to marry her tanner, Gianluca Vechiarelli. Gianluca wants to return to his native Italy; Valentine is committed to keeping the family concern running in Greenwich Village. Further complicating things is a difficult moment between Valentine and an old friend, which threatens the marriage. The way the couple juggle their jobs and their complicated families with understanding, sympathy, and love is often hilarious, in spite of the frustration it brings to both of them. A twist near the end of the book is not unexpected, but tense shifts get a little dizzying and it's easy to get ahead of the story. The pages detailing how Valentine practices her craft of shoemaking are superb. Trigiani's ability to bring the large, warm, enveloping—if somewhat dysfunctional—family to life will keep any reader engrossed and entertained. (Nov.)

From Booklist

The final novel in Trigiani’s Valentine trilogy (Very Valentine, 2009; Brava, Valentine, 2010) finds shoemaker Valentine Roncalli planning her wedding to Gianluca Vechiarelli, a handsome Italian nearly 20 years her senior and the son of her grandmother’s new husband. As Gianluca adjusts to life amid the boisterous, extended Roncalli clan, the fiercely independent Valentine, an ambitious and talented shoe designer, struggles to balance work and home life, with her marriage often taking a backseat to her career. Cultural differences between the pair widen as her plans to open a factory as she becomes a first-time mother clash with his vision for the couple’s future, which includes a home in Tuscany. Though the conflict is plausible, it comes across as vaguely overplotted. For those who have followed Valentine’s ups and downs from the start, Trigiani’s send-off is bound to feel bittersweet in more ways than one. For readers new to the series, missing the occasional insider reference has its advantages—they still have two books ahead of them and the chance to meet Valentine where she began. --Patty Wetli

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  • File Size: 1281 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CO4KB9A
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86 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Authentic but somewhat of a disappointment September 10, 2013
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I have long been a fan of the novels of Adriana Trigiani. I particularly enjoyed reading about Valentine Roncalli, a designer of custom made shoes and her big Italian family. "The Supreme Macaroni Company" is, I believe, the third book in a trilogy about Valentine and her family and her family's business. The author shines when she is describing the ups and downs that are common in Valentine's big Italian family. Coming from a big Italian family myself, her voice is authentic and very enjoyable as she begins this next (and supposedly last) chapter in Valentine's story.

This book begins where "Brava Valentine" left off, with Valentine and Gianluca on the roof of her building, after he has just proposed.
Valentine, at 36, is carrying on with the running of the Angelini Shoe Company and Gianluca, at 54, has a grown up daughter and runs a successful business in Italy but is willing to live in New York so she can continue to follow her dreams of creating fabulous shoes, not just custom, but for a broader market. The problem is that Valentine does not seem to realize that marriage changes things. The author demonstrates this very well when she writes" I hoped to understand Gianluca's point of view. He wasn't fighting to keep me from working. He was fighting to show me how to live".

I think though, the author loses interest (mine) and focus (hers) when she starts throwing in multiple issues in rapid succession; it seemed to me as if she just wanted to get done with the book. At this point I'm wondering where the author ever got the title to the book. the reason finally appears on page 209 and it is as unsatisfying as it is unbelievable.

The author was losing me at this point.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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After eagerly anticipating the conclusion to one of my favorite stories I was so disappointed I can't hardly stand it! It was as if Ms Trigiani didn't even show up to write this book. Everything was inferior to the first two books....the dialog, the character interactions, the thought processes and oh! Let's not forget the story! WTH???? What a horribly disappointing book...I wish I could erase it from my brain! This was just awful and I wish I'd never read it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Turned Valentine Into A Witch And Why? December 2, 2013
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Ordinarily, Ms Trigiani's books are a 5 for me, and despite some very critical reviews where readers comment that this book doesn't even seem to have been written by her, I disagree.

What I found that I didn't like about this third book in the series was that Valentine seems to have had gone from being a happy,fun loving,good natured, optimistic, unselfish person to a self-centered,blinded by ambition,femi-nazi.

Ms.Trigiani, for reasons unknown, took a warm, lovable,believable, character and turned her into someone I not only didn't like, but actively disliked. The rest of the Roncalli family and Valentine's friends are intact and come across with their usual warmth and eccentricity but Valentine? Whew, not nice. Selfish, aggressive, overly ambitious and downright nasty.

I hope, given the ending of this book, that we will see Valentine and the Roncalli family again, despite this being the third book in a trilogy: hopefully with a return to the warm,loving, Valentine we all know and love.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MERGING LIVES & DREAMS September 2, 2013
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In this third novel in the Valentine trilogy, Valentine Roncalli and Gianluca Vecchiarelli are joining their lives in matrimony. Valentine is a shoe designer who lives in Greenwich Village, in the apartment over the shop where her grandmother before her lived and worked.

Gianluca is an Italian tanner, whose life in Italy included a previous marriage and a grown daughter. For Valentine, this is a first marriage, and she is eighteen years younger than he. Can their love overcome the differences between them? Can they learn to merge their dreams and compromise?

As always, Trigiani brings the reader right into the world of the characters, showing us their hopes, dreams, flaws, and challenges. The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel (Valentine Trilogy) is a story with a wonderful narrative and very real characters that I enjoyed spending time with.

The love and romance, along with the challenges, bring Valentine and Gianluca closer together, but just when everything seems to be coming together for them, tragedy strikes and everything changes.

Can Valentine still live the life she wants, or will she have to recreate a new world? A lovely story that made me feel a wide range of emotions, reminding me of why I so enjoy this author's work. I want to read more about Valentine and her world. Five stars.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Having read the previous entries in the Valentine series, I was eager to see how her life progressed and if she'd make room for a private life given how driven she was professionally.

I struggled to finish this book. It didn't feel like an authentic story but rather a vehicle to deliver various "messages" about ambitious women and how they approach marriage. I felt the author cast Valentine in a very negative and unfair light. It seemed as if the author was punishing her for being exactly who she always was. (The ending especially seemed to scream: "See. This is what happens when you aren't the good little Italian wife you think you have to be!")

I guess I expected a less-judgmental assessment and handling of this beloved character.

FYI: If you haven't read the other two books in the series, don't pick this up. You won't like the main character and you won't have a real sense of who she is and how she got to this point.

Maybe I don't believe that life has to be either/or when it comes to women running a business and having their own family. Maybe I just don't buy into the whole Italian male dominance thing (If ever a character was written in a confusing fashion, it's Gianluca, her fiance. In some places, he's painted as old-style patriarchal. In others the exact opposite. I was never really sure which he was given the way some of the backstory was written, even with the reveal towards the last pages of the story.)

The plot just seemed unoriginal and more romance novel than the other two entries and I just expected something that was truer to the character and with more meat.

I really enjoyed the first two books but this? Not so much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars take me to Italy
Can't wait for her next book and I didn't want it to end.
Published 2 days ago by ellen lubofsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I Loved it!
Published 2 days ago by Frank Sodano
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Filler" Book in the Valentine Roncalli Series
As an enthusiastic reader of Adriana Trigiani's, I feel like this book is definitely a "spacer" within this series. Read more
Published 2 days ago by K. Agurcia
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book that keeps you spell bound and one that you just...
Adriana is a wonderful author who keeps you on the edge of your seat so you can't put the book down. This one was at times an emotional roller coaster but that is good. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Loraine Boulden, Kindle
1.0 out of 5 stars Fatalistic Italian American Boo Hoo --SPOILER: Not Recommended
After reading Adriana Trigiani's novel The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel, I swore I would not read another of this author's offerings--well, I really mean it this time . . . Read more
Published 7 days ago by Diana Faillace Von Behren
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Beach read
Published 7 days ago by Judith H. Dudek
3.0 out of 5 stars I was warned
This is my least favorite of Adriana Trigiani's books. It didn't flow smoothly for starters. It was like several small stories clumped together and very little to link them. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! I absolutely loved it
Excellent book! I absolutely loved it!
Published 10 days ago by Brenda F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wedding Shoes
A pleasurable light read with beautiful descriptions of an Italian village and Capri. I particularly enjoy the interactions and description of Valentine's family members.
Published 10 days ago by book lover
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
I was a big fan of the 2 previous books in the trilogy and was so excited to read this book. What a let down. This book doesn't feel at all related to the previous books. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jennifer Winterhack
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More About the Author

Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her hilarious and heartwarming novels. Adriana was raised in a small coal-mining town in southwest Virginia in a big Italian family. She chose her hometown for the setting and title of her debut novel, the critically acclaimed bestseller Big Stone Gap. The heartwarming story continues in the novel's sequels Big Cherry Holler, Milk Glass Moon, and Home to Big Stone Gap. Stand-alone novels Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, all topped the bestseller lists, as did Trigiani's 2009 Very Valentine and its 2010 sequel Brava, Valentine.

Trigiani teamed up with her family for Cooking with My Sisters, a cookbook coauthored by her sister Mary, with contributions from their sisters and mother. The cookbook-memoir features recipes and stories dating back a hundred years from both sides of their Italian-American family.

Adriana's novels have been translated and sold in more than 35 countries around the world. Trigiani's latest blockbuster Brava, Valentine (Very Valentine's sequel) debuted at number seven on the New York Times bestseller list following its February 2010 debut. Valentine Roncalli juggles her long-distance romance, as she works to better the family's struggling business. A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Val from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she finds a long-buried secret hidden deep within a family scandal.

Trigiani's first young adult novel, Viola in Reel Life--the first in a series--debuted in September 2009. Fans fell in love with fourteen-year-old filmmaker Viola Chesterton, who moves from Brooklyn to a South Bend, Indiana, boarding school. In Spring 2011, readers will delight in Trigiani's follow-up novel Viola in the Spotlight, as Viola and friends spend an adventure-filled summer vacation in Brooklyn.

Readers will take a peek into the lives of the women who shaped Adriana, with her November 2010 nonfiction debut: Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from my Grandmothers. The book makes a lovely gift for family (or yourself!), as Trigiani shares a treasure trove of insight and guidance from her two grandmothers: time-tested common sense advice on the most important aspects of a woman's life, from childhood to old age.

Fans everywhere will soon see Adriana's work on the big and small screens! She wrote the screenplay for and will direct the big screen version of her novel Big Stone Gap. Adriana has also written the film adaptations of Lucia, Lucia and Very Valentine--which will be made into a Lifetime Original Movie in 2011!

Critics from the Washington Post to the New York Times to People have described Adriana's novels as "tiramisu for the soul," "sophisticated and wise," and "dazzling." They agree that "her characters are so lively they bounce off the page," and that "...her novels are full bodied and elegantly written."

Trigiani's novels have been chosen for the USA Today Book Club, the Target Bookmarked series, and she's now officially a regular with Barnes & Noble Book Clubs, where she has conducted three online book clubs. Adriana speaks to book clubs from her home three to four nights a week.

Her books are so popular around the world that Lucia, Lucia was selected as the best read of 2004 in England by Richard and Judy.

After graduating from Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana, Adriana moved to New York City to become a playwright. She founded the all-female comedy troupe "The Outcasts," which performed on the cabaret circuit for seven years. She made her off-Broadway debut at the Manhattan Theatre Club and was produced in regional theatres of note around the country.

Among her many television credits, Adriana was a writer/producer on The Cosby Show, A Different World, and executive producer/head writer for City Kids for Jim Henson Productions. Her Lifetime television special, Growing Up Funny, garnered an Emmy Award nomination for Lily Tomlin. In 1996, she wrote and directed the documentary film Queens of the Big Time. It won the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival and toured the international film festival circuit from Hong Kong to London.

Adriana then wrote a screenplay called Big Stone Gap, which became the novel that began the series. Adriana spent a year and a half waking up at three in the morning to write the novel before going into work on a television show.

Adriana is married to Tim Stephenson, the Emmy Award-winning lighting designer of The Late Show with David Letterman. They live in Greenwich Village with their daughter, Lucia.

Perhaps one popular book critic said it best: "Trigiani defies categorization. She is more than a one-hit wonder, more than a Southern writer, more than a woman's novelist. She is an amazing young talent

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