Picks and Pans Review: Rococo

UPDATED 07/18/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/18/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

By Adriana Trigiani

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Bartolomeo di Crespi, the interior-decorator protagonist of this clever sixth novel from the author of Lucia, Lucia, is a perfectionist: The only decorator in his New Jersey hometown, he spends a decade tinkering with his creations in the castle-like house of his favorite client. But the real fun begins when di Crespi takes on his dream project—renovating his parish church. Creating characters so lively they bounce off the page and possessing a wit so subtle that even the best jokes seem effortless, Trigiani is a master storyteller. Equal parts sass and silliness, Rococo is an artfully designed tale with enough brio to make Frank Gehry proud.

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