The Shoemaker's Wife

The Shoemaker's Wife

A Novel

Large Print - 2012
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This intricately woven tapestry of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny follows star-crossed lovers Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who, after their first meeting in the Italian Alps, find their destinies inexplicably entwined as they build their lives in America.

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani returns with the most epic and ambitious novel of her career—a breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again. The Shoemaker's Wife is replete with the all the page-turning adventure, sumptuous detail, and heart-stopping romance that has made Adriana Trigiani, “one of the reigning queens of women’s fiction” (USA Today). Fans of Trigiani’s sweeping family dramas like Big Stone Gap and Lucia, Lucia will love her latest masterpiece, a book Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, calls “totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream.”

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2012
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed
ISBN: 9780062107220
Branch Call Number: LP FIC TRI
Characteristics: 791 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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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_VirginiaJ 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.

Mar 18, 2016

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

Nov 23, 2015

Everything this author writes is excellent!

Jun 05, 2015

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

tanyathurman Feb 02, 2015

Painfully predictable!

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 !

Zeesa Jan 22, 2014

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

mrsgail5756 Dec 18, 2013

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

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Jan 09, 2015

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

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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