The Good Left Undone

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Proud grandmother Matelda Cabrelli always has something to say. But, as she faces the end of her life, she worries she’s failed to tell the stories that matter. Most of all, she finds herself needing to tell the tale of her mother Domenica’s two great loves.

First, Domenica’s childhood sweetheart: a boy from her own small coastal town of Viareggio. Second, a mysterious Captain: an infatuation forged in the midst of WW2, and the father Matelda never knew.

Now, before her time runs out, it falls to Matelda to tell Domenica’s story. And for the Cabrelli women to unpick the mysteries, passions and tragedies that sent Domenica away from Italy – then brought her home again. . .

From Sunday Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani comes The Good Left Undone: an emotional, immersive new novel full of secrets which unfold in breathtaking turns…

© Adriana Trigiani 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Adriana Trigiani never fails to sweep you away with her richly transportive prose. The Good Left Undone takes you through time and across the globe from the Italian coast to the Scottish Highlands as long-held secrets of the Cabrelli family come to light. An emotional and beautiful tale of family, love, and loss

    Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of Malibu Rising
  • A story only Adriana Trigiani could have told. Rich in all the elements that make a story memorable, relatable; family complications we all share, choose to ignore, or seek to explain as time closes in on us. Family secrets, family jealousies, across the generations, across the landscapes under the Tuscan sun, the charm of Marseille and the rugged beauty of Scotland, Domenica creates a legacy for her children and grandchildren to unravel. Adriana is, indeed, a storyteller second to none.

    Heather Morris, bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • Trigiani writes an unforgettable historical epic in Italy, France, Scotland and Churchill’s England on the cusp of World War II. Matelda Cabrelli Roffo, the matriarch of her contemporary Italian family is determined to reveal her mother’s secret past before it’s too late. This rich family story is magnificent in the telling.

    Lisa Jewell
  • At once epic and intimate, a delightful novel about the mysterious lore of an unforgettable Italian family whose characters walk right off the page

    Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
  • A sprawling, majestic historical fiction feast that spans countries and generations to find the heart and soul of a beautiful family. This is Adriana Trigiani at her best

    Laura Dave, author of The Last Thing He Told Me
  • A wondrous novel of storytelling, love, war, religion and that which defines us all: family. Adriana Trigiani has outdone herself with her sharp eye, her humor and her warm and generous heart

    Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author

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