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The Good Left Undone

By: Adriana Trigiani
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan,Lisa Flanagan,Edoardo Ballerini,Deepti Gupta
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"[An] immersive saga. . . . A celebration of family and a paean to the power of storytelling.”—People, "Book of the Week"

"Trigiani conveys the beauty of Italy, the hardships of war, the taste of family recipes, and the enduring love of family."—Library Journal (starred)

“The beauty of any book by Adriana Trigiani is her ability to interweave life and fiction. . . . Don’t miss your chance to take this unforgettable journey with the Cabrelli women!” —Lisa Wingate, Book of the Month

From “a master of visual and palpable detail” (The Washington Post), comes a lush, immersive novel about three generations of Tuscan artisans with one remarkable secret. Epic in scope and resplendent with the glorious themes of identity and belonging, The Good Left Undone unfolds in breathtaking turns.

Matelda, the Cabrelli family’s matriarch, has always been brusque and opinionated. Now, as she faces the end of her life, she is determined to share a long-held secret with her family about her own mother’s great love story: with her childhood friend, Silvio, and with dashing Scottish sea captain John Lawrie McVicars, the father Matelda never knew....

In the halcyon past, Domenica Cabrelli thrives in the coastal town of Viareggio until her beloved home becomes unsafe when Italy teeters on the brink of World War II. Her journey takes her from the rocky shores of Marseille to the mystical beauty of Scotland to the dangers of wartime Liverpool—where Italian Scots are imprisoned without cause—as Domenica experiences love, loss, and grief while she longs for home. A hundred years later, her daughter, Matelda, and her granddaughter, Anina, face the same big questions about life and their family’s legacy, while Matelda contemplates what is worth fighting for. But Matelda is running out of time, and the two timelines intersect and weave together in unexpected and heartbreaking ways that lead the family to shocking revelations and, ultimately, redemption.

©2022 Adriana Trigiani (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

The Good Left Undone is deliciously told, with fully explored characters, mouthwatering descriptions of Italian food, and charming yet quirky towns. What’s exceptional about the novel is how seamlessly she knits together different sto­ries from many places and times, bringing it all together in one poignant and satisfying book. This is a gorgeously written story about inter­generational love and heartbreak, the futility of regret and the power of a life well lived. It’s also a love letter to Italy and its beautiful and pain­ful history.” BookPage (starred) 

“The beauty of any book by Adriana Trigiani is her ability to interweave life and fiction. This book is immersive, but it will also have you pausing to consider your own ancestors… or to seek them out. It’s a testimony to the power of family and history, to the value of understanding where we came from. This epic tale is at once real and hopeful, filled with adventure, and yes… stories. Don’t miss your chance to take this unforgettable journey with the Cabrelli women!” Lisa Wingate, Book of the Month 

"[A] captivating historical novel." —Bustle 

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Best one yet!

I’ve read all of Adriana Trigiani’s books and this one is by far, the best one yet!

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Great story

Adriana Trigiani never disappoints! The characters lead you through a wonderful family story. I look forward to her new releases!

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Such a satisfying read!!

I found this book to be enjoyable on all levels - the characters were so real that I was able to identify closely w most of them; the 5- generation storylines made me very thoughtful about both life and death; and I felt there was a lesson to be learned by the end of the book - prioritize and love your family always (with exceptions for real scoundrels ;)

I’ve read all AT’s books and I know I always feel the same way as I did today — I don’t want it to end and I think it’s her best book to date! And when I say “read” I mean listened to w Audible - the narrators really do add a tremendous bonus to my overall enjoyment.

Thank You to All!

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Ambitious storyline, as usual

I must admit I had a hard time getting interested, but eventually I did. I think Trigiani went down too many rabbit trails and introduced too many minor characters, which were a distraction to the main story. That said, it was a good story though, and as usual, Ms. Trigiani rarely disappoints her readers.

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Another masterpiece from Adriana Trigiani!

Loved this heartwarming and beautiful story about family, love, and how important it is to take care of each other. I’m going to pick up the phone and reach out to those I love now. Loved this book!

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Heartwarming

I enjoyed being a part of the Cabrelli family during the reading of this book. What a warm, uplifting story.

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Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors.
This book is my favorite. It made me laugh and cry. It is many stories in one of an extended Italian family, by both blood and friendship.
And Family is everything.
I loved it!

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One of the best books I’ve read this year

The good left undone was an extremely relatable book for me. It takes place in an Italian village and tells the story of four generations in an Italian family. As I come from a big Italian family I found myself finding so many similarities in the characters in this story to members of my own family. This book is extremely well written and the performance is very well done.

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Always delivers!

Never disappointed with Me Triggiani's writing. Taken at page one. I didn't want this to end!

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Ho hum.

I normally love this author, but this was one of her worst books ever. The story was too complicated to understand. There were too many characters. The performance was not believable and the voices were not good. Disappointed.

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