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The Queen of the Big Time - A Novel

Adriana Trigiani

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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

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English

Length:

4h 53m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

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