Author, director comes back to Youngstown with 17th novel

Adriana Trigiani's new book is titled, "Kiss Carlo"

POLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – A popular author who likes what Youngstown is all about is back in town, promoting her new book.

Adriana Trigiani signed books Thursday evening at the Lake Club in Poland.

Her seventeenth novel is titled, “Kiss Carlo.”

She described the plot as Shakespearean — it’s about two brothers, their sons and how they navigate through a feud.

“It’s about something I think everybody can relate to — a family schism and about how they come back together and what happens. It takes place after World War II,” she said.

Trigiani says she wanted to write something uplifting, something that will make people laugh in “these very trying times.”

“It’s really every ethnicity that marries into this big Italian family, and everyone can relate. It’s a very engaging story … It’s really fun and then it leads you into the golden age of television in New York, which you’re going to get a kick out of,” she said.

Even though Trigiani is not from Youngstown, she has some ties to the area and says it’s like a second home to her.

“I began to find these ties to this village, Roseto Valfortore, which is in this book. A lot of folks in Youngstown have roots in this town,” Trigiani said. “Then we were making the ‘Big Stone Gap’ movie and we had Anthony Lapaglia in the movie and he has roots here. So, it seems like everything comes back to Youngstown.”

The dramatic romantic comedy “Big Stone Gap” — directed by Trigiani — is about a long-buried family secret that disrupts the life of a single, middle-aged woman living in the mountains of Virginia in 1978. It stars Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Krakowski.

Trigiani also made a stop on Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Youngstown for her book tour.

“I just try and tell the stories in the best possible way that I can. As long as they’re challenging and intriguing and you the reader enjoys them, I’ll keep doing it,” she said.