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Brava, Valentine : a novel
Adriana Trigiani
Adult Fiction TRIGIAN

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Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. She was a writer for The Cosby Show and A Different World. Her debut novel, Big Stone Gap, was published in 2001. Her other works include Big Cherry Holler; Milk Glass Moon; Home to Big Stone Gap; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; Rococo; Very Valentine; Viola in Reel Life; and The Shoemaker's Wife. She also wrote a cookbook entitled Cooking with My Sisters and a non-fiction book entitled Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers. Her title Shoemaker's Wife made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. (Publisher Provided) Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and graduated from Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana. After graduation, she moved to New York City and founded the all-female comedy troupe The Outcasts, which performed on the cabaret circuit for seven years. She was a writer/producer on The Cosby Show, A Different World, and executive producer/head writer for City Kids for Jim Henson Productions. In 1996, she wrote and directed the documentary film Queens of the Big Time, which won the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival. She is also the author of numerous young adult and adult novels including Big Stone Gap; Big Cherry Holler; Milk Glass Moon; Home to Big Stone Gap; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; Rococo; Very Valentine; Encore Valentine; and Viola in Reel Life. She wrote the screenplay for and will direct the big screen version of her novel Big Stone Gap. She has also written the film adaptation for Lucia, Lucia and Very Valentine. Her title The Supreme Macaroni Company made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013. (Bowker Author Biography)

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main characters Valentine Roncalli
Female
Age: 33
Italian American
Took over her family's shoe businessl at odds with her brother; travels on a business venture to Buenos Aires.
Businesswoman

Teodora Angelini
Female
Age: 80
Italian American
Just married her longtime lover.
Businesswoman

Alfred Roncalli
Male
Italian American
Valentine's brother and business partner in the family business.
Businessman

Gianluca Vechiarelli
Male
Italian
Valentine's boyfriend.
Tanner

June Lawton
Female
Valentine's mentor.
Businesswoman

Gabriel Biondi
Female
Valentine's best friend; moved into a home.

Bret Fitzpatrick
Male
Valentine's former fiance; still in love with Valentine.
Financier



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