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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.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
It held my interest until the very end having immigrated from Italy I can relate to the stories my dad talked about growing upPublished 2 months ago by Maria Bossa
True life for immigrating families. A bit melodramatic but reflects Italian temperament.Published 3 months ago by gigi905
I enjoyed reading this novel. My interest was peeked through the book. A sign of a good book for me is becoming attached to the characters - and this book did that. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathy Pratt
The best book I have ever read . Beautiful story and just wonderfulPublished 6 months ago by Anna Lobello
Started out slowly but became more interesting as the book progressed.Published 6 months ago by Lorraine Sherman
I really enjoyed this book as I could not put it down. I liked the time period and the development of the characters from their young life to when they are mature in their years.Published 19 months ago by Michelle Taylor
The author seems not to have consulted an atlas. The hero takes a boat from Venice to Le Havre and arrives a day later. Impossible!Published 21 months ago by Boulanger
I wanted so much to love this book not only because the author wrote that it was based on her family history, but because the premise for the story held such rich possibilities. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2012 by little lady blue