Very Valentine

By Adriana Trigiani
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061257063, 401pp.)

Publication Date: January 2010

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Description

The Angelini Shoe Company, one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village, has been making exquisite wedding shoes since 1903 but now teeters on the brink of financial collapse. To save their business from ruin, thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalliapprentice to and granddaughter of master artisan Teodora Angelinimust bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century. Juggling her budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother in a quest to build a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals. And in the course of discovering her true artistic voice and so much more in la bella Italia, Valentine will be turning her life and the business upside down in ways she never expected.




About the Author
Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic "The Shoemaker's Wife"; the Big Stone Gap series; "Lucia, Lucia"; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults and the bestselling memoir "Don't Sing at the Table". She is the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary "Queens of the Big Time" and wrote and directed the major motion picture "Big Stone Gap", based on her debut novel and filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown, to be released nationwide in the fall of 2015. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.


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  1. Valentine Roncalli begins her tale with the words, "I am not the pretty sister. I'm not the smart sister either. I am the funny one." How does her outlook color her actions? What do you think of Valentine? Do you agree with her assessment or do you think she might be selling herself short?

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