The Good Left Undone By Adriana Trigiani
Book/Novel Author: Adriana Trigiani
Book/Novel Title: The Good Left Undone
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 MonthFrom “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.
Of COURSE Adriana would pen yet ANOTHER incredible story of love and family….two things we all need right now! Brava!
Adriana Trigiani is my favorite author. I have read all of her books. I then shared them with my family and only my dearest friends!Barbara Ursone DePietro
I’ve read just about all of Trigiani’s books and loved them. This one was an anomaly to me. It seemed scattered, dragged in parts, some characters confusing about where they fit in. It was not a clear story. Too many rabbit trails to follow. The story of Domenica felt unfinished. Not the authors best work.
Check out the full review at Kritters RamblingsEpic is the word I use for all Adriana Trigiani books. They typically span many years and have these big stories that are just so much and I love them.In this book, Matelda is sharing her mother’s story as she had a great love, but the war tore them apart and in my opinion she never recovered from that epic love. In one of the storylines in this book, Matelda is sharing her mother’s story with her granddaughter and they will both learn that all families have secrets and sometimes the whole story is hard to share. In the other storyline, Matelda’s mother Domenica is thriving in the coastal town of Viareggio until she makes one decision that will change the course of her life. As a nurse, during a time of war, Domenica will see things that not many women at this time will and it will change her life.
Not her most fun book but a really good read. I like the Valentine Trilogy best. But the characters are good here.