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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,596 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adriana Trigiani Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I’ve always loved reading Adriana Trigiani, but The Shoemaker’s Wife is something totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream…Utterly splendid.”

    Kathryn Stockett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Help

  • “Within the pages of this novel…is a gloriously romantic yet sensible world that seamlessly blends practicality and beauty.”

    USA Today

  • “[It’s] a love story, yes, but also a paean to artisanal work, food, friendship, and family.”

    Washington Post

  • “An impeccably researched, sweeping chronicle…the story is so engrossing and the language so rich…enormously satisfying.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “A sweeping saga that stretches across World Wars, from Italy to America and back again…More than an epic romance, Trigiani’s work pay homage to the tribulations of the immigrant experience and the love that makes the journey and hardships worthwhile.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lovely Italian names and phrases are presented with grace by narrator Orlagh Cassidy, whose voice seems to relish the lush descriptions of Italy’s food and music. When Enza finds herself in New York City, Cassidy elegantly spins opulent descriptions of the opera. Cassidy rises above the overt sentimentality as she recounts the rocky love story between the two immigrants whose connection is disrupted by war and tragedy.”


  • “Trigiani has crafted a gorgeous romantic saga that succeeds on the appealing chemistry of her well-matched lovers, whom readers will take to heart as dear friends…This expansive epic, which seems tailor-made for a miniseries, manages to feel both old-fashioned and thoroughly contemporary as Enza and Ciro come to exemplify the immigrant experience in America.”


  • “Immensely likable…Trigiani’s gift for using vivid details to create a strong sense of place and her warm affection for her characters will make this a satisfying read.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/19/2014

    " Passed along by a friend (who's cousin is the author) it was a lovely read. A lot like floating on a river -- just ambling along, enjoying the scenery, seeing something unexpected every once in a while. And I'll admit, the curiosity to see what truth's to my friend's family might be woven into the story kept my interest piqued! Not something I would have picked up and yet it was so satisfying to just have such an easy time of it! So nice I read another one of Adriana's books and will likely read more just for the joy of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debflowers7 | 2/17/2014

    " I loved this novel. From the Italian Alps to America it tells the story of a girl who navigates her way through hardships with strength and conviction. Intertwined is a wonderful love story. The characters are well developed and you get caught up in their lives. You feel their joy and heartaches as the story moves along. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa Shultz | 2/17/2014

    " Such an enjoyable read that I read it slowly on purpose to savor it longer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carolyn | 2/8/2014

    " I loved this book. Couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to get back to it at night. "

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