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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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    Louise Danville, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Louise Danville, CA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story and Wonderful Narration"

    I really enjoyed the Shoemaker's Wife. It is an interesting story and the narration was superb! It was like visiting Italy...hearing all the Italian words. The author takes you back in time to many historical events. I would recommend this book!

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    Holly Hobe Sound, Fl, United States 02-12-13
    Holly Hobe Sound, Fl, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely story"
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    Interesting history. The narration was great. It was a book club choice that I wouldn't have typically chosen but I enjoyed it very much!


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    GY 02-12-13
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    "Excellent story; wonderful background"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and rank it among the best. It captured the historical background and the characters were outstanding.

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    M. Greason ashburn, VA USA 02-04-13
    M. Greason ashburn, VA USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous epic!"
    Would you listen to The Shoemaker's Wife again? Why?

    It is one I would pick up and listen to again years from now because it's such a good story.
    I liked the vivid descriptions and the Italian names.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ciro - sad and happy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Italian immigrants and their journey through a rich life of events


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    G. McKee Mississippi 01-02-13
    G. McKee Mississippi 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An Italian Beauty"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shoemaker's Wife to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. The audio was superb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ezra. She listened to her heart. And the nun who was the cook.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    She really put you into the Italian family mode throughout the book. And her voices changed with her characters well. I would have preferred Ezra's voice to be a little higher...or softer. Overall, it was beautifully done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, cry, identify with...it had all the elements.


    Any additional comments?

    A good saga in a book. A really good listen.

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