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
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!
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
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.
Nostalgic, Sad, Inspiring
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!
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!
What a wonderful story!! This is my first book of Adriana Trigiani and I am so excited to check out her other books available!!
This wonderful story is made magical in Orla Cassidy's voice! Unforgettably beautiful! Every minute was a treat! Highly recommend - especially if you love ITALY. Nyc and romance!
better book. it's so cliche i physically feel bad. didn't make it to the end.
endearing, thought-provoking, encouraging
When Ciro and Eduardo were reunited with their mother.
I have never heard any of her performances before. I hope to hear more. She brilliant at conveying the soul and emotions of characters. She is terrific at Italian accents.
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