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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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    Narci J. Drossos 02-14-15 Member Since 2015
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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"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    better book. it's so cliche i physically feel bad. didn't make it to the end.


    Any additional comments?

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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


    Any additional comments?

    Terrific book!

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    Eenee MARIETTA, GA, United States 08-26-14
    Eenee MARIETTA, GA, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Waited a year and it was worth it..."
    If you could sum up The Shoemaker's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Descriptive - heartfelt Storytelling ! This is a deep saga of two Italian orphan brothers and their lives. One brother crosses paths early with a lovely village girl and connects with her later in life in New York. They then make a life together in Minnesota. I felt it was a true story of a 1905 Immigrants's life story.


    What other book might you compare The Shoemaker's Wife to and why?

    I compare it to Jeffrey Archer's books - the Clifton Chronicles…it's the same genre, century and a saga of life, love and tribulations.


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

    Enjoyed the reading.


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

    CHiro's Dreams. and yes, I think it is misnamed. It is more about Chiro than Enza.


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    Carolyn Santa Rosa, CA, United States 03-16-14
    Carolyn Santa Rosa, CA, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Lost in the details!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author writes delicious prose and an intriguing story line, but has not researched the background for the setting. Early spring in the Alps villages do not produce asters, blackberries, etc. One does not play in the rushing, icy streams, or sit on the thawing ground - even with a blanket. The young man heading to America at 16 would not have traveled by ferry from Venice to LeHavre - there were none, and at the time of this novel, WW1 was in full swing. This was not mentioned! Travel to New York yielded a job at $8 a day with room and board? Not likely that this young man made more than the steward who oversaw the work! The young man's acquaintance aboard ship purchase flowers in New York for a future bride in Ohio (?) and rides a train through Chicago to get there? I don't think so! And on and on!!! This is driving me nuts with the lack of attention to details!


    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    Her Italian accent was appreciated and made the work come alive. However, there was little differentiation in the voice for the variety of characters in the book.


    Do you think The Shoemaker's Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not if it is so poorly researched! Time and place are as important as plot and character development.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are bothered by works that are half baked, this is not the book for you! As romance fiction and little more, it is not too bad!

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    debb waggoner 11-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply Beautiful"
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    I am not usually a huge fiction fan, but I fell head over heels in love with this story and the characters. I have always had a fascination with life in the Italian Alps, so that tickled that fancy for me, but the story of immigration to America was surprisingly captivating. Would I have had the courage they did?

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    Shellene United States 11-15-13
    Shellene United States 11-15-13
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    "My cup of tea...and I don't even drink tea"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shoemaker's Wife to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I LOVED the smooth, silky voice of Orlagh Cassidy. I loved everything about this story. It is exactly my kind of book. I love fiction based on history. I loved that it didn't swear or go into any graphic sexual things. Everything was treated with dignity and respect in this story. A hard thing to find in novels any longer.


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

    My heart ached every time they would miss each other by just a day or two. I loved the life lessons that were given. Little quotes they would throw in here and there that were so true in our own lives today.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was as smooth as silk. I found myself dreaming and saying words with Italian accents throughout the day and night.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to start the next book by Adriana. Once I find a safe author that fills my heart with joy from listening to her books, I can't will listen to every one she has put on paper or has been recorded.

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 11-07-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 11-07-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "A beautiful love story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shoemaker's Wife the most enjoyable?

    So many things came together to make this an enjoyable experience. Firstly, the writing was superb. We really got to know the characters intimately. Secondly, the narration was wonderful… so sensitive. Thirdly, the story was engaging and held me right through.


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

    Can't give away anything. Many many memorable moments.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her Italian accent is impeccable. She brings a softness to her reading that helps the reader go inside the characters' heads.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a wonderful book. I laughed and cried along with the characters and didn't want it to end. Just a really enjoyable experience. I will seek out other books by the same author.

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    theresa LANCASTER, NY, United States 10-27-13
    theresa LANCASTER, NY, United States 10-27-13
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    "Awesome!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to all my friends. It is a beautiful story of two wonderful, hard working people. It is read in a soothing voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the love story of Ensa and Ciro.


    Which character – as performed by Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    I felt as though Ensa was a real person.


    If you could take any character from The Shoemaker's Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would want to take Ciro in his youth. His personality seemed fun


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    Margaret 10-02-13
    Margaret 10-02-13
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    "What a beautiful colorful story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shoemaker's Wife to be better than the print version?

    I only have the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rugged embraceable characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Digging her sister's grave.


    If you could take any character from The Shoemaker's Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'm in love with all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite audio book in quite some time. Cover to cover brilliance!

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