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The Good Left Undone

The Good Left Undone

by Adriana Trigiani

2022 / Dutton / 448 pp / $28

New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap and, while she now lives in New York, her Virginia roots run deep. In The Good Left Undone (Dutton, April 2022), Trigiani, also a filmmaker and philanthropist, explores her Italian heritage. We caught up with her to find out more. 

Konstantin Rega: How did you begin writing.

Adriana Trigiani: It always starts with the librarian. My mother was a librarian. I look at a book and the first thing I see is her face. If you want to write you gotta read. To this day, I go into a library like a church. It’s a sacred space to me. It’s a wonderful thing to have a life-long mountain to climb. And every day you try to master it. I feel a debt to great teachers and librarians. Virginia was an essential landscape for me, as well. I grew up in Big Stone Gap. 1970s. Felt like we were in the heart of Appalachia. The first place I saw a play was out of the University of Virginia theater. I remember that like it happened yesterday. And I’m certain that was why I went to college and majored in theater and became a playwright.


Full Interview: HERE

Bio: Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Shoemaker's Wife. Her books have been published in thirty-eight languages around the world. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer/producer, and filmmaker. Among her screen credits, Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture adaptation of her debut novel, Big Stone Gap. Adriana grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she co-founded the Origin Project. Trigiani is proud to serve on the New York State Council on the Arts.


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