Monday, January 13, 2014
Your truly with author Adriana Trigiani following her lecture in Scranton on April 18th, 2013.
My wonderful colleague and fellow avid reader Michele L. recently finished bestselling author Adriana Trigiani's final book in her Valentine series. The Supreme Macaroni Company, released in late 2013 (and whose title Adriana first announced when she presented at the Matthew F. Flynn Library Lecture Series on April 18th, 2013) continues the saga of the love, life and work of shoemaker Valentine Roncalli.
On page 113 Valentine's mother inquires whether Valentine spoke to Father Drake. Valentine responds:
"I left him a message. God, I wish we were better Catholics and had some decent connections. If we did, we could climb up the food chain for a officiante. Our monsignor retired, and the one bishop we knew left for Scranton to live with his sister at the Mercy Home."
On page 338, on the final page of her acknowledgements, Adriana thanks her "lifelong friend, (actor) Joe O'Brien, first of Scranton and then Manhattan." She pays tribute to her dear friend, who passed away on April 3, 2013, shortly before Adriana's lecture in Scranton), as "the best brother and friend, and a fine actor who lit up the stage and screen with originality and passion."
The Supreme Macaroni Company is available to borrow from the Lackawanna County Library System in several formats: regular print, large print, and CD audiobook. Click on the preceding links to place on a hold.
Much thanks to Michele L. for this reference.