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 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!
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!
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.
Ciro - sad and happy
Italian immigrants and their journey through a rich life of events
I didn't read the print version. The audio was superb.
Ezra. She listened to her heart. And the nun who was the cook.
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.
Laugh, cry, identify with...it had all the elements.
A good saga in a book. A really good listen.
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