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The Resource Tony's wife : a novel, Adriana Trigiani

Tony's wife : a novel, Adriana Trigiani

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Tony's wife : a novel
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Tony's wife
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a novel
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Adriana Trigiani
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Tonys wife
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eng
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"Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore before World War II. Chi Chi is a talented and ambitious singer-songwriter working in a local blouse factory looking for her big break, while Saverio, a singer already on the rise, is fronting a touring band and has the good looks and smooth vocals that make success seem assured. It isn't long before Saverio becomes Tony Arma and he and Chi Chi form a duo; together they navigate the glamorous worlds of nightclubs, radio, and television. Soon they're married and all goes well until it becomes clear that they must make a choice: Which of them will put ambition aside to build a family and which will pursue a career? What compromises will they make to achieve their dreams? And on the road to fame and fortune, how will they cope with the impact these compromises have on their marriage, family, and themselves?"--
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  • Trigiani (Kiss Carlo) fills this novel with the musical delights of the big band era and a love that lasts a lifetime. Saverio Armandonada leaves his Detroit home on Christmas Eve in 1932 when his father kicks him out for wanting to pursue a career in singing. Though he never lacks for female companionship as a singer traveling with a band, Saverio is particularly intrigued when he meets Chi Chi Donatelli in Sea Isle City, N.J. Chi Chi joins Saverio’s band and sees firsthand Saverio’s endless string of romances; though she disapproves, the two remain friends throughout the years even as he gains greater success and changes his name to Tony Arma. During WWII, Saverio joins the Navy and spends his time in a military submarine reminiscing about his past. He decides his life will be complete with Chi Chi as his wife. Chi Chi finally agrees to marry Saverio after his repeated insistence that she is the only woman for him. The ups and downs of their marriage are complicated by Saverio’s fractured relationship with his father and his fear of loneliness while on the road singing and making movies. Packed with melodies, memories, humor, and love and loss, this effortlessly plotted novel is an emotional page-turner. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/12/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 46, p)
  • Saverio Armandonada (later Tony Arma) and Chi Chi Donatelli meet in the 1930s, when they're both two young musicians on fire to change the world through music, and maybe give their own dreams a boost in the process. Trigiani (All the Stars in the Heavens) follows the idealistic pair through several decades of change in the American music scene. "Tony's wife" is a bit of a misnomer, as the strength of the book is Chi Chi's story, but Trigiani is the master of writing complex Italian families, full of characters who love and live with passionate (and sometimes fractured) hearts. Coming of age in the press of the Great Depression and the fires of World War II, Tony hangs on to past hurts, while Chi Chi thrives through life-changing events. Their disparate personalities mean they view the world through different prisms. VERDICT Trigiani delivers another solid historical saga, and her readers will be pleased. As in Laurie Lico Albanese's Stolen Beauty, Jane MacKenzie's Tapestry of War, and titles by Sarah Jio, readers will follow characters around the world and through the years with interest. [See Prepub Alert, 5/21/18.] --Christine Barth (Reviewed 11/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 19, p76)
  • When Chi Chi Donatelli gave famous crooner Saverio Armandonada a manicure on a 1930s New Jersey beach, little did she know that the swanky singer would change her life. After his childhood sweetheart married another man, Saverio left the security of his job on the factory line in Detroit, earning his father's disapproval but opening wide the door to success as a big-band singer. Along his way to stardom, Saverio changed his name to Tony Arma and discovered a talent for romancing—but never marrying—the ladies. But once he meets Chi Chi, his bachelor days are numbered. From a large, boisterous Italian family, Chi Chi is eager to have a life like Tony's, with the freedom to sing and travel the country. She wants no part of marriage with its shackles. Soon Chi Chi and Tony are touring together, eventually developing a profitable shtick, with Chi Chi writing bestselling songs and Tony serenading them to dreamy audiences. It's only a matter of time before Tony proposes. After all, unlike his other girls, Chi Chi offers Tony not only beauty and charm, but also the stability of a home. The lovers' work in the entertainment industry gives way to a marriage blessed with babies yet held apart by war. Once reunited, Chi Chi's independence and Tony's philandering further fracture their marriage. But as Tony's path wends from woman to woman, Chi Chi forges a new life on her own terms. A mistress of the sweeping family saga, bestselling author Trigiani (Kiss Carlo, 2017, etc.) sets Chi Chi and Tony's lifelong love affair against the grand stage of World War II through the postwar boom years and the women's liberation movement, tracing a society catching up with Chi Chi's determination to control her own financial and personal freedom. A heartfelt tale of love too stubborn to surrender to human frailties. (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2018)
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Trigiani, Adriana
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  • Italian American families
  • Married people
  • Singers
  • Big band music
  • Nineteen forties
  • New Jersey
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general
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Tony's wife : a novel, Adriana Trigiani
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text
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  • txt
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Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
473 pages
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9780062319258
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (OCoLC)1024126479
  • (OCoLC)1044565897
Label
Tony's wife : a novel, Adriana Trigiani
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
473 pages
Isbn
9780062319258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1024126479
  • (OCoLC)1044565897

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