The Shoemaker's Wife

A Novel

Trigiani, Adriana

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Shoemaker's Wife
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 c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061257094
Characteristics: 475 p. ;,24 cm.


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Feb 02, 2015
  • tanyathurman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Painfully predictable!

Oct 24, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 01, 2014
  • ARamos123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 !

Jan 22, 2014
  • Zeesa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. I later read the author's non-fiction book about her grandmothers. This book really comes from their experiences.

Dec 26, 2013
  • booklady413 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is her best book yet, especially if you are an Italophile and just love everything Italian.

Dec 18, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Sep 05, 2013
  • trini2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a great story and so beautifully told. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me look at life and what's important to me from a different perspective and when I closed the last page I felt like I'd said goodbye to a dear friend. One of the two best I've read all year. Do yourself a favour and read this book. Can't wait for the next one from Adriana

Jul 23, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

sentimental without being sappy ... a truly beautiful love story of friendship and family, courage and perseverance, faith, and becoming American

Jul 17, 2013
  • ScrollAdore rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I wanted to get into it, but I couldn't. It just dragged.

Jul 07, 2013
  • jkherm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book - two points of view of the main characters. The story begins in Italy and then the characters both immigrate to the U.S. Read to discover what happens on their journey.

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Jan 09, 2015
  • barbara1942 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 07, 2013
  • jkherm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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