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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    Pamela Fraser 05-09-15 Member Since 2012
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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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    Narci J. Drossos 02-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Breathtaking!"

    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!

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    meirav 12-10-14
    meirav 12-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "simply the worst book i've read"
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    better book. it's so cliche i physically feel bad. didn't make it to the end.


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    Kara Wilber 11-16-14
    Kara Wilber 11-16-14
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    "Absolutely loved it!"
    If you could sum up The Shoemaker's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    endearing, thought-provoking, encouraging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shoemaker's Wife?

    When Ciro and Eduardo were reunited with their mother.


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

    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.


    If you could rename The Shoemaker's Wife, what would you call it?

    Circuital


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    Terrific book!

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