by Adriana Trigiani

Adriana does it again! Loved this book. It takes you deep into the goings on of an Italian American family in post WWII Philadelphia. The protagonist is a young veteran of the war who is an orphan that lives with his aunt and uncle and their big crazy Italian family. He gets bitten by the acting bug after working in a theater part time performing Shakespeare. In order to be true to himself, he needs to turn his back on many of the trappings of a typical Italian American life for a male at that time. With a long list of characters that are charming, funny, frustrating, and a little crazy, this book delivers humor with a lot of heart.