The Shoemaker's Wife Hardcover – 24 May 2012
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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
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
Her characters are likeable and it is easy to feel empathy for them. A well researched book and certainly one that I would recommend.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Descriptions of scenery etc. beautiful. Too many coincidences, i.e. meeting up in hospital and, again, on the day Enza was to be married, seems unbelievable. Read morePublished 6 days ago by marion hammond m.p. hammond
As I started this book, I immediately got hooked. It felt like the start of a good old fashioned rags to riches saga. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Grainne Kearns
This is one on the best books I have read - didin't want it to end.
I have recommended it to many friends - EXCELLENT!
Really enjoyed the first half of the book, the characters, descriptions and story line, but the second half seemed too slow and lengthy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mrs l l crompton
I have just read this in one day on Kindle, and absolutely loved it, as I have all of Adriana Trigiani's novels. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alison Perkins
It's not the most amazing work of literature or any fantastic ground breaking new storyline but it did keep me hooked & made my cry so I have to give credit it to it for having... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peggy G