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.
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I didn't find the story of a typical immigrant making a life and family in America very interesting. Generational it was, but almost too sweet. Never did I feel compelled to HAVE to keep reading.
So beautifully written. Love, heartache, hard work, hardship, disappointment, success and a believable happily ever after. One of the best books I have ever listened to.
In 2016 I read, or listened to 52 books, many during a cross-country road trip. The knowledge I gained motivated me to start my business!
Orlagh Cassidy brought all characters to life. This was the only fiction book I listened to out of 13 on my long road trip around the United States. Quite a nice break. Adriana Trigiani did her homework and wove in historical facts nicely.
At the top 5 or 6
When the two main protagonists get together
No but she has a fabulous voice that is just perfect for this content & characters.
No, but there was a lot of sadness, but the happy parts seemed to moderate it.
It was getting kind of long at the end, but no way would I not finish it. I could have been happy with fewer deaths, but I realize that was really the way life was back then.
This is a dear story. The characters are well drawn, if a little too nice. The narrative is a bit (sometimes a lot) wordy and over-wrought with repetitive emotional flashbacks. But I did love getting to know Northern Italy, New York's Little Italy, and the Italian communities in Minnesota in the early 20th century. The author does such a great job of making you feel like you are really there.
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