The Good Left Undone

Dutton. Apr. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780593183328. $28. F
Trigiani’s 15th adult fiction title (after Tony’s Wife) introduces readers to the Cabrelli family in the small seaside village of Viareggio, Italy. The matriarch, Matelda, is growing old and decides to share her family story with her granddaughter. The saga begins with Matelda’s mother Domenica who, due to her headstrong nature and unbridled tongue, is exiled by the village priest and sent to Marseille to study nursing. When World War II breaks out, she goes to Scotland to wait out the war. But the lure of Viareggio is strong, and she returns home after the war. The story of the Cabrellis, their loves, losses, feuds, and the family gem-cutting business takes place as the 20th century unfolds. Interwoven are tales of an ostracized boy born out of wedlock, how Italians in Scotland were villainized and deported during the war, and the changing roles of women.
VERDICT In this engaging novel, Trigiani conveys the beauty of Italy, the hardships of war, the taste of family recipes, and the enduring love of family. For fans of Kate Quinn or Kristin Hannah.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing