The Shoemaker's Wife

The Shoemaker's Wife

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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Two star-crossed lovers--Enzo and Ciro--meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever. Set during the years preceding and during World War I.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2012
ISBN: 9780061257094
0061257095
9780061257100
Characteristics: 475 p. ; 24 cm

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yuko604
Jul 19, 2017

If you enjoyed reading the book Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (or watching the movie based on the book), you'll like The Shoemaker's Wife. This novel is much better than Trigiani's other book Big Stone Gap.

CRRL_VirginiaJohnson Jun 08, 2017

A passionate, romantic saga of two young people from poor Italian villages who fall deeply in love--only to lose each other as the world falls under the grip of war. Based on the author's own family stories.

AL_TATYANA Aug 19, 2016

One of the best novels by Adriana Trigiani! She wrote a love story that travels from the Italian Alps to Ellis Island and the United States during the early twentieth century. But it's so much more than a love story. One of my favorite, I just didn't want to part with the book, the characters and the readers!

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haileyj
Mar 18, 2016

This was a trite, over-embellished love story filled with improbable people and situations. I would not recommend it to anyone.

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rmyre
Nov 23, 2015

Everything this author writes is excellent!

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SuzeParker
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.

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goodcooker
Jun 05, 2015

I love this author (Adriana Trigiani)! She develops interesting and complex characters.

tanyathurman Feb 02, 2015

Painfully predictable!

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DorisWaggoner
Oct 24, 2014

A family saga, from Victorian Italy to post WW II MN. Ciro and Enza are born on the same poverty-stricken mountain, but don't meet until they are 16. For Enza, it's love at first sight, but it takes him years to realize her worth. He's sent to America, becoming a shoemaker. Soon disaster strikes Enza's family, and she and her father go to America to help their family. The two meet and separate several times until finally, after WW I, they marry and go to MN to set up, with another Italian couple, a shoemaking shop. Their love is deep, their lives are happy, but tragedy intervenes. Their only child, Antonio, refuses to take his exemption from the WW II draft, giving Enza years of fear, until he comes home safe, with a bride she already loves. This is a weepy book, but also very deep, and anyone whose family comes from immigrant roots from that time period can identify, Italian or not. I loved it, and will be reading her other books.

ARamos123 Apr 01, 2014

Beautifully written book. I loved it. Def. a keeper. I'm buying it in the future.A beautiful love story that will keep you on your toes. This book will sweep you to the 20th century. I was always drawn to Victorian things so I really enjoyed this book. Five Stars. P.S This book is emotionally gripping I almost cried at the end !

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barbara1942
Jan 09, 2015

A story about a young girl who came to U.S. from Italy and how they struggled.

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jkherm
Jul 07, 2013

Two young boys are taken by their widowed mother to a convent to be raise by the nuns. Another young girl helps raise her siblings in prior to WWI in Italy. Later one of the boys and the girl immigrate to the U.S. Read to see how their lives become woven together.

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