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The Queen of the Big Time - A Novel

Adriana Trigiani

Known and loved around the world for her sweeping Big Stone Gap trilogy and the instant New York Times bestseller Lucia, Lucia, Adriana Trigiani returns to the charm and drama of small-town life with Queens of the Big Time. This heartfelt story of the limits and power of love chronicles the remarkable lives of the Castellucas, an Italian-American family, over the course of three generations. In the late 1800s, the residents of a small village in the Bari region of Italy, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, made a mass migration to the promised land of America. They settled in Roseto, Pennsylvania, and re-created their former lives in their new home-down to the very last detail of who lived next door to whom. The village's annual celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-or "the Big Time," as the occasion is called by the young women who compete to be the pageant's Queen-is the centerpiece of Roseto's colorful old-world tradition. The industrious Castellucas farm the land outside Roseto. Nella, the middle daughter of five, aspires to a genteel life "in town," far from the rigors of farm life, which have taken a toll on her mother and forced her father to take extra work in the slate quarries to make ends meet. But Nella's dreams of making her own fortune shift when she meets Renato Lanzara, the son of a prominent Roseto family. Renato is a worldly, handsome, devil-may-care poet who has a way with words that makes him irresistible. Their friendship ignites into a fiery romance that Nella is certain will lead to marriage. But Nella is not alone in her pursuit: every girl in town seems to want Renato. When he disappears without explanation, Nella is left with a shattered heart. Four years later, Renato's sudden return to Roseto the night before Nella's wedding to the steadfast Franco Zollerano leaves her and the Castelluca family shaken. For although Renato has chosen a path very different from Nella's, they are fated to live and work in Roseto, where the past hangs over them like a brewing storm. An epic of small-to

Known and loved around the world for her sweeping Big Stone Gap trilogy and the instant New York Times bestseller Lucia, Lucia, Adriana Trigiani returns to the charm and drama of small-town life with Queens of the Big Time. This heartfelt story of the limits and power of love chronicles the remarkable lives of the Castellucas, an Italian-American family, over the course of three generations. In the late 1800s, the residents of a small village in the Bari region of Italy, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, made a mass migration to the promised land of America. They settled in Roseto, Pennsylvania, and re-created their former lives in their new home-down to the very last detail of who lived next door to whom. The village's annual celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-or "the Big Time," as the occasion is called by the young women who compete to be the pageant's Queen-is the centerpiece of Roseto's colorful old-world tradition. The industrious Castellucas farm the land outside Roseto. Nella, the middle daughter of five, aspires to a genteel life "in town," far from the rigors of farm life, which have taken a toll on her mother and forced her father to take extra work in the slate quarries to make ends meet. But Nella's dreams of making her own fortune shift when she meets Renato Lanzara, the son of a prominent Roseto family. Renato is a worldly, handsome, devil-may-care poet who has a way with words that makes him irresistible. Their friendship ignites into a fiery romance that Nella is certain will lead to marriage. But Nella is not alone in her pursuit: every girl in town seems to want Renato. When he disappears without explanation, Nella is left with a shattered heart. Four years later, Renato's sudden return to Roseto the night before Nella's wedding to the steadfast Franco Zollerano leaves her and the Castelluca family shaken. For although Renato has chosen a path very different from Nella's, they are fated to live and work in Roseto, where the past hangs over them like a brewing storm. An epic of small-to
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Known and loved around the world for her sweeping Big Stone Gap trilogy and the instant New York Times bestseller Lucia, Lucia, Adriana Trigiani returns to the charm and drama of small-town life with Queens of the Big Time. This heartfelt story of the limits and power of love chronicles the remarkable lives of the Castellucas, an Italian-American family, over the course of three generations. In the late 1800s, the residents of a small village in the Bari region of Italy, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, made a mass migration to the promised land of America. They settled in Roseto, Pennsylvania, and re-created their former lives in their new home-down to the very last detail of who lived next door to whom. The village's annual celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-or "the Big Time," as the occasion is called by the young women who compete to be the pageant's Queen-is the centerpiece of Roseto's colorful old-world tradition. The industrious Castellucas farm the land outside Roseto. Nella, the middle daughter of five, aspires to a genteel life "in town," far from the rigors of farm life, which have taken a toll on her mother and forced her father to take extra work in the slate quarries to make ends meet. But Nella's dreams of making her own fortune shift when she meets Renato Lanzara, the son of a prominent Roseto family. Renato is a worldly, handsome, devil-may-care poet who has a way with words that makes him irresistible. Their friendship ignites into a fiery romance that Nella is certain will lead to marriage. But Nella is not alone in her pursuit: every girl in town seems to want Renato. When he disappears without explanation, Nella is left with a shattered heart. Four years later, Renato's sudden return to Roseto the night before Nella's wedding to the steadfast Franco Zollerano leaves her and the Castelluca family shaken. For although Renato has chosen a path very different from Nella's, they are fated to live and work in Roseto, where the past hangs over them like a brewing storm. An epic of small-to

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

9h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:24


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:00


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:17


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:58


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:07


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:38


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:08


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:33


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:05


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:01


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:37


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:40


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:36


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:11


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

01:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:24


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:36


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:03


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:57


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:59


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

01:19


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:55


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:14


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:05


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:25


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:36


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:22


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:45


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:06


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:25


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:51


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:11


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:14


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

01:59


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:30


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:48


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:42


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:36


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:09


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:02


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:05


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:37


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:21


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:07


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:21


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:31


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:21


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:10


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

02:57


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

01:55


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:28


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:10


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:42


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:00


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:00


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:10


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:22


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:19


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:55


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:04


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

02:09


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:59


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:16


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:22


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:18


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

02:57


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:29


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:43


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:13


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:40


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:08


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

02:52


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:29


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:00


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:02


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:28


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:17


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:02


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:11


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

02:56


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

02:51


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:34


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:09


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

02:29


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:34


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:45


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:48


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:27


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

02:44


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:47


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:11


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:23


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:36


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:21


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

00:57


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:55


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:03


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:38