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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857204947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857204943
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.4 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I've always loved reading Adriana Trigiani, but The Shoemaker's Wife is something totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream. I don't know how Adriana goes into her family's attic and emerges with these amazing stories, I'm just happy she does. If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. The Shoemaker's Wife is utterly splendid.' --Kathryn Stockett, bestselling author of The Help

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The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever.

A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I adore Adriana Trigiani's earlier novels- especially her `Big Stone Gap' series and Rococo. That's why it genuinely pains me to say that this book actually left me feeling a bit disappointed. Though it was admittedly beautifully written with Trigiani's usual eloquent prose and great descriptions, I just didn't fall in love with it.

Set in the early twentieth century, the reader encounters young Italian brothers Ciro and Eduardo. Following the death of their father, their mother is unable to look after them and leaves them in the care of nuns in a local convent, where they have a decent childhood. Then we meet Enza, the backbone of her poor but loving family. She and Ciro's lives collide one day and she instantly falls in love with him- though it seems that fate is conspiring against them and they are separated. For the next few decades their paths will continually cross- from the Italian Alps to New York City- against a backdrop of war, poverty, enterprise and heartache as both of them try to achieve the American dream.

As I say, this book disappointed me. I suppose because I fell in love with both Enza and Ciro instantly and I needed to know more than what was actually given- they were a bit one dimensional in places. Without giving away any spoilers, there were certain parts of the narrative that could have done with a lot more fleshing out- I needed to know what was happening- thoughts, feelings and emotions. Ciro fighting in World War I for example, barely takes up a couple of chapters. This could have been an important part of the novel but felt incredibly glossed over, yet by contrast- Enza's time working in New York takes up a large chunk of the book and didn't have a lot of substance to it. It just didn't feel fairly balanced.
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I have been a fan of Adriana Trigiani for years and have read all her novels. I love the way Italy always features and of course a compelling love story and characters that you want to do well and fall in love with. For me this was another fantastic novel from AT and whilst different from her previous work all the better for it. Can't wait for her next release as will definately be adding it to my collection, she hasn't let me down yet!
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After waiting a long time for her new book, Adriana Trigiani has made me read this book practically non-stop. How long will we have to wait for the next one?
She entangles you in the story and, without you realizing it, she has caught you in her web and won't let you go until you've reached the last page. Definitely a good read, as all her books have been until now.
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I loved this book - a big fan of Adrianna Trigiani, and this was well up to standard. I did wonder if it was the back-story to the Valentine tales, but I don't think so. Really good plot, well drawn characters and the usual lovely detail that gives her books such readability and atmosphere. Thoroughly recommend.
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I really loved this book. Have always been a fan of Adriana Trigiani - but this is by far her best book! It is so well written, passionate and emotional and it takes the reader from Italy to America over a number of years.

Her characters are likeable and it is easy to feel empathy for them. A well researched book and certainly one that I would recommend.
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This is definitely as good as other books I have read by Adriana Trigiani. Her usual themes of shoes and sewing, Italy and America are central to this romantic and entertaining saga. It is ideal if you enjoyed her Valentine books. The end felt a bit drawn out and then suddenly rushed, but a great read, nonetheless.
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I had not come across this author before and I only chanced upon this book whilst browsing the limited selection in a well known supermarket. Based on the front cover I was doubtful if it was my kind of book but I bought it anyway. How pleased I am that I did! Beautifully written the contrast between Italy and the USA was excellent particularly as I knew very little about this part of Italy during the early years of the 20th century.

The move to the USA felt as if the writer was more confident of her surroundings and having visited Ellis Island myself I was able to visualise perfectly the entry into this land of hope and dreams. The story was intriguing and at times a tad contrived but I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns and felt the suspense and fears created by the uncertainties of the First World War.

Overall I would recommend this book and I am going to seek out further publications by this fine writer,I look forward to winter nights in her company.
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Schmaltzy sickly pap. Mills and boon but longer and more boring. Not much happens and what does happen isn't worth mentioning.
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