Full of Grace

Full of Grace

Book - 2006
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"The move from New Jersey to Hilton Head, South Carolina, wasn't easy for the Russo family--difficult enough for Big Al and Connie, but even harder for their daughter Maria Graziella, who insists on being called Grace. At thirty-one and still, shockingly, unmarried, Grace has scandalized her staunchly traditional Italian family by moving in with her boyfriend Michael who, though a truly great guy, is agnostic, commitment-phobic, a scientist, and (horror of horrors) Irish! Grace adores her parents even though they drive her crazy and she knows they'd love Michael if they got to know him, but Big Al won't let him into their house. And so the stage is set for a major showdown which, along with a devastating, unexpected crisis and, perhaps, a miracle or two, just might change Grace's outlook on love, family, and her new life in the new South."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060892371
Call Number: FRANK
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 18 cm
Subjects: Families -- Fiction.
Italian American women -- Fiction.
Hilton Head (S.C.) -- Fiction.
Charleston (S.C.) -- Fiction.
Southern writing.


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Jul 31, 2013

Considering that this is about a large Catholic family, I found many of the people really mean spirited. Usually Frank pulls off an array of fun and quirky characters but I felt like she fell short on many levels. However, the first chapter by "Michael" is brilliant and the only reason I read to the end was to see more of that type of writing (but never found it).

May 25, 2012

Grace has moved in with her boyfriend, Michael, a non-practicing Irish Catholic, who does stem-cell research. What will her church-going, traditional Italian family think? This book is quite humourous at times but has serious moments as Michael is diagnosed with brain cancer. Read this for entertainment, if you want to eavesdrop on religious debates or if you like eccentrics. You'll meet some here.


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