I’ve read another novel by Adriana Trigiani and really love her strong female characters and the settings that she choses. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, Trigiani creates a small family village in the middle of Manhattan. Valentine Roncalli runs her family’s shoe company The Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village, one of the most crowded places in the world, and yet the space the characters inhabit feels like everyone knows everyone.
This is the 3rd novel about Valentine, but the first that I’ve read. Valentine comes from a very large, very immeshed family that runs from NYC to Jersey to Ohio and down to Argentina. This story focuses on Valentines romance and marriage to a much older Italian leather tanner, Gianluca Vechiarelli. While I loved the family dynamics and even the difficulties shown in a different cultured May-December relationship, I was very annoyed at the resolution to their problems. I don’t want to give the ending away, but it disappointed me. It felt like an easy out for the writer and made Valentine’s life easier while maintaining her love/romance with a much older man whose culture clashed with her beliefs and work ethic.
I haven’t read the other novels in this series, and there may be another one after this which would make this ending less contrived, but I don’t know if I want to read more about her exploits. This novel could be read for enjoyment except for the ending. It was disappointing.
Read August 2014.