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Adriana Trigiani is a bestselling author from Big Stone Gap, Virginia that has written novels, plays, television shows, and movies. Born in 1964 to an Italian American family and shaped by an Appalachian upbringing, Trigiani made quite the splash in New York City as a playwright when ‘Secrets of the Lava Lamp’ debuted in 1985.
Order of Big Stone Gap Series
|1||Big Stone Gap||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Big Cherry Holler||2001||Description / Buy|
|3||Milk Glass Moon||2002||Description / Buy|
|4||Home to Big Stone Gap||2006||Description / Buy|
Order of Viola Series
|1||Viola in Reel Life||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Viola in the Spotlight||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of Valentine Series
|1||Very Valentine||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Brava, Valentine||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||The Supreme Macaroni Company||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Adriana Trigiani Standalone Novels
|1||Lucia, Lucia||2003||Description / Buy|
|2||The Queen of the Big Time||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||Rococo||2005||Description / Buy|
|4||The Shoemaker's Wife||2012||Description / Buy|
|5||All the Stars in the Heavens||2015||Description / Buy|
|6||Kiss Carlo||2017||Description / Buy|
|7||Tony's Wife||2018||Description / Buy|
|8||The Good Left Undone||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Adriana Trigiani Non-Fiction Series
|1||Cooking with My Sisters||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||Don't Sing at the Table||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||The Wisdom of My Grandmothers||2012||Description / Buy|
Order of Adriana Trigiani Picture Books
|1||The House of Love (Short Story)||2021||Description / Buy|
Adriana Trigiani Anthologies
|1||American Girls About Town||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||The Sunday Night Book Club||2006||Description / Buy|
|3||Jane Austen Made Me Do It||2011||Description / Buy|
|4||Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank||2021||Description / Buy|
She continued to hone her craft by writing scripts for ‘The Cosby Show’, ‘A Different World’, ‘City Kids’, and ‘Growing Up Funny’. She tried her hand at directing when she turned her novel ‘Big Stone Gap’ into a movie.
Her fans have noted Trigiani’s appearances on ‘Today’, NBC’s American news show, not to mention her teaching stint at New York University. She stands out from her peers in the publishing field because she has her fingers in so many pots.
The daughter of a librarian (Mother) and a garment manufacturer (Father), fiction was always Trigiani’s most important passion. She was fortunate enough to land a position at WNBA (Norton, Virginia) as a news reporter when she was 15. WNBA paid her five dollars for every story she wrote.
It was an eye-opening experience that taught her to write concisely. However, she also realized that she had no interest in nonfiction. Rather than telling real stories about real people, Adriana Trigiani wanted to create her own stories filled with fictional characters.
She started writing plays in college. It made sense for Trigiani to become a playwright because her work was always inundated with dialog. She perceives writing as a calling rather than a career because it is an ongoing process.
It never stops. Even when she leaves her desk, Trigiani’s characters always follow her. She will concoct scenes while she sleeps. Her husband will attest to the fact that her mind wanders whenever they go to the movies.
He sees his wife talking to herself all the time. As far as the author is concerned, storytellers do not clock out like ordinary office workers. If they have as much enthusiasm for writing as she does, they will keep fine-tuning their scenes, plots, and characters until they attain a certain level of perfection.
And yet, despite all the effort they pour into their craft, publishing doesn’t have any guarantees. Trigiani does what she can to monetize her stories. She tries to pursue the business side of things. But at the end of the day, all she can do is hope for the best.
The author attributes her success to her discipline. When she was young, she couldn’t deny the fact that she was ordinary. She was neither the smartest nor the most talented of artists. But she understood one thing: if she worked hard, she would achieve her goals.
This is why she spent her 20s going to bed early and waking up early. She would have loved to party all night. But she had a goal in mind and she was willing to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve it.
Trigiani is grateful to her readers because they have allowed her to earn a decent living out of the stories her brain manufactures.
Adriana Trigiani Awards
‘Home to Big Stone Gap’ earned Trigiani the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award. Her collection of accolades also includes the RUSA Award (American Library Association).
Adriana Trigiani Books into Movies
Adriana wrote and directed a 2014 adaptation of ‘Big Stone Gap’. She turned another novel (Very Valentine) into a Lifetime Television Movie.
Best Adriana Trigiani Books
The author has been praised for her humor and well-defined characters. Trigiani’s best books include:
The Shoemaker’s Wife: Ciro and Enza were teenagers when they met. A scandal forced Ciro to leave his village. Enza followed soon after, forced from her home by a disaster. Ciro became a master shoemaker in America. Enza landed a factory job.
When they reunited, it looked like fate had favored them. But World War I took Ciro from Enza and she was forced to make a new life without him.
Big Stone Gap: Ave Maria Mulligan was a seemingly ordinary 35-year-old spinster living a comfortable life in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. But an unexpected development in 1978 changed everything. Before Ave could blink, she was contending with enthusiastic marriage proposals and meeting celebrities.
When Does The Next Adriana Trigiani book come out?
Adriana Trigiani doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Good Left Undone and was released on April, 12th 2022.