Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781471136399
In 1949 America, Nicky Castone is going through life doing everything that everyone expects of him. Working for his uncle as a cab driver, engaged to Peachy DePino he can’t shake the feeling of wanting more. When Nicky delivers an urgent telegram to a small town and stumbles upon a local theatre company run by the feisty Calla Borelli, it sets in motion a change he didn’t see coming.
Calla has inherited the theatre from her father, and has a vision to do more than just put on Shakespearean plays. Nicky discovers his love for acting when he has to stand in for one of the actors, and after some time he falls in love with Calla. Soon he comes to a crossroads.
Can Nicky choose between his passion and family traditions? Will Calla bow to pressure from her boyfriend to sell the theatre?
I found Adriana Trigiani’s Kiss Carlo to be a funny, sweet family saga that brought the American dream to life in vivid colour.