The Shoemaker's Wife

The Shoemaker's Wife

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, p2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780061791376
Characteristics: 15 compact discs (ca. 17.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sciorra, Annabella


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ArapahoeChristine Oct 11, 2019

Beautifully written and the audio, WOW!

Jun 18, 2015

There were moments I thought, "This is a four-star book!" Then it would bog down in excessive descriptions and boring dialogue, and I would think, "This is a two-star book." (Note: The kinds of conversations we have with our spouses about everyday life -- the sort of "what's for lunch, honey?" discussions that are a necessary part of living in the same household -- do not translate into interesting dialogue in a novel.) There are some lovely moments in The Shoemaker's Wife, and I appreciate the fact that the book is inspired by the author's own grandparents' love story. But there was just so much unnecessary, uninspiring detail. At times the reader gets practically moment-by-moment accounts of Enza's or Ciro's days, and then suddenly four years have passed with no information at all about how the characters fared in those intervening years. So, I settle at three stars, and suggest to future readers that there's a fairly good story here. Just be prepared to skim the boring parts.

JCLMelodyMK Jul 06, 2013

Adriana Trigiani wrote a love story that travels from The Italian Alps to Ellis Island and the United states during the early twentieth century. I enjoyed the story and the readers, even though I don't generally read historical fiction.

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