"Like Trigiani's (Kiss Carlo, 2017) best work, Tony's Wife is an immersive experience, with well- rounded, warm characters, pre-WWII fashion, Jersey accents, and homemade pasta. Moving and delightful."
– Booklist Online
"A heartfelt tale of love too stubborn to surrender to human frailties.”
– Kirkus Review
"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 ... Trigiani delivers another solid historical saga, and her readers will be pleased."
– Library Journal
"Trigiani...fills this novel with the musical delights of the big band era and a love that lasts a lifetime ... Packed with melodies, memories, humor, and love and loss, this effortlessly plotted novel is an emotional page-turner."
– Publishers Weekly
Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreams.
Shortly before World War II, Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore and fall in love. Both are talented and ambitious, and both share the dream of becoming singers for the legendary orchestras of the time: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman. They’re soon married, and it isn’t long before Chiara and Tony find that their careers are on the way up as they navigate the glamorous worlds of night clubs, radio, and television. All goes well until it becomes clear that they must make a choice: Which of them will put their ambitions aside to raise a family and which will pursue a career? And how will they cope with the impact that decision has on their lives and their marriage?
From the Jersey shore to Las Vegas to Hollywood, and all the dance halls in between, this multi-layered story is vivid with historical color and steeped in the popular music that serves as its score. Tony’s Wife is a magnificent epic of life in a traditional Italian family undergoing seismic change in a fast paced, modern world. Filled with vivid, funny, and unforgettable characters, this richly human story showcases Adriana Trigiani’s gifts as a storyteller and her deep understanding of family, love, and the pursuit of the American dream.
FOR THE CIAMBELLA:
3 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 sticks of cold butter, cut into chunks
Zest of 1 lemon
FOR THE CHERRY COMPOTE:
3 pints of cherries, pitted and sliced in half
1 cup of sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan, combine cherries, sugar and lemon juice. Slow-cook until soupy.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. In a second bowl, beat eggs, egg yolk and vanilla. Add liquid to the dry ingredients. Add chunks of cold butter and lemon zest to mixture. Mix ingredients, without making the dough too smooth.
Grease baking pan with butter.
Take the dough and shape into a ring. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes, until golden.
Top biscuits with cherries.