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.
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Unlike everyone else, I disliked this book
The Shoemaker's Wife has a promising plot which fails to fulfill its potential. By the middle of the book, I was completely tired of the perfection of the characters. It is a very sappy story. We did this book in my book group, and many members did like it - and it seemed to me that those who liked it were those whose families had a similar immigrant story. Those of us who did not share that history seemed to dislike the book. I believe the book would have been better if it were not so sweet and full of perfect people.
Justin Cronin's The Passage.
I thought the narrator had a very good accent. However, as an Italian speaker myself, I found her mispronunciations of place names, particularly Bergamo, off-putting. Otherwise, I thought she did a pretty good job.
Relief when I finished it.
Honestly, this is one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I'm baffled by the good reviews.
truly disappointing and unbelievable love story
- Beth Anne "i like to read. i like to listen."