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The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel | [Adriana Trigiani]

The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

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....
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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.

©2012 The Glory of Everything Company (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Constant Shopper Maine 07-20-15
    Constant Shopper Maine 07-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book!!"

    Beautiful love story! Did not want the story to end! Will definitely be looking for more books by this author.

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    Sally Smith San Diego, Ca 06-26-15
    Sally Smith San Diego, Ca 06-26-15 Member Since 2011

    sterling one

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    "Oi veh....So very sappy!"

    My book club chose this book. Although I finished it I found it to be tiresome to get through and am happy I'm done with it. To me the characters were two dimensional and I didn't really care about them. They were either perfect or they were bullies... there was no middle ground. And the good fortune that fell to Enza (ie the Met) and her perfect son was hard to believe. Trigliai's habit of describing every little teeny tiny thing you can..bored me to tears, and made the book double the length it needed to be.
    I would not recommend it.

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    Valerie1569 Seymour, CT, United States 06-01-15
    Valerie1569 Seymour, CT, United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Narrator takes you on a beautiful journey!"
    Where does The Shoemaker's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Story captured me from the moment it started. Both Ciro and Enza's stories separately and together were well written with great detail and descriptions.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wonderful. The accents were authentic without being overbearing. Ms.Cassidy has a gift for spinning a tale into an enchanting journey with her lilting, soothing voice.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shoemaker's Wife and why?

    Enza and Ciro both were memorable and their story was beautiful.


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    Lawrence Israel 05-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this book!"

    This is one of the most beautifully written and preformed books I've read in a long time. Lovely story. I wept, laughed and was completed satisfied by the story's end. Highly recommend it!

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    Brenda 05-11-15
    Brenda 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book!"

    This was such a good book. It made me cry as well as had me at every chapter wanting to hear more. The narrator was excellent!

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    Frapamela 05-09-15
    Frapamela 05-09-15 Member Since 2012

    R.N. from So Cal

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    "Wonderful Historic novel"

    A heartwarming story of the love relationship between two people during extremely difficult times in the early part of the 20th century located in Italy

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    Carol 04-23-15
    Carol 04-23-15
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    "Glad when it was finally over."

    I'm not even sure why I listened to the whole book, except that i kept hoping it would get better. The story was depressing, the descriptions went on and on, and the narrator was monotonous.

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    Maria A. Cosenza 03-19-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Fantastic!"
    If you could sum up The Shoemaker's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Nostalgic, Sad, Inspiring


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Ms Trigiani captured well the trials and tribulations of Italians in a new land. The relationship between Ciro and his wife was lovely and I will read this again because there are so many nuances. Loved this book. Well Done!

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    k ummmmmmmmmm kool 03-10-15
    k ummmmmmmmmm kool 03-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "cheesy romance with a chauvinistic finish"

    I wasn't bored, but I hated it.Was it written by a 1960's man? Poor peasant girl gives up her wishes and dreams to follow her man. TWICE!

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    Krisie Honolulu, HI, United States 03-01-15
    Krisie Honolulu, HI, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful!"

    What a wonderful story!! This is my first book of Adriana Trigiani and I am so excited to check out her other books available!!

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