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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: September 2012 ISBN: 9780062247612
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 Carolyn | 2/8/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah Reynolds | 2/8/2014

    " This is a good story based loosely on the author's grandparents immigration to America from northern Italy. Despite a bit of a drag in the middle, the strong start and finish make this an entertaining and touching read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/6/2014

    " This was an epic tale that by the last 100 pages I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Destonee | 2/3/2014

    " I was disappointed by this book. I was waiting for an epic historical fiction because the book was fairly highly rated. I found the book to be unbelievable. I didn't feel the characters were very developed, in fact it seemed to me the author spent more time on fabric and scenery descriptions than on story and character development. I never really felt connected to any of the characters and frankly had to force myself to finish, which didn't even end up being worth my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lavon | 1/28/2014

    " I wanted to love this book, I really did, and I might even give it an extra half star. The story starts out in the early 1900's on a mountain in Italy and follows the life of two characters. The first 2/3 of the book were good, but it felt like the author was trying to wrap up the story really quickly and neatly at the end. The main character was a strong, intelligent woman, who was very likable. Sometimes the timeline was unclear and I wasn't always sure how much time has passed between certain scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reddoggo | 1/19/2014

    " love story and good insite into italian immmigrants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Greiter | 1/11/2014

    " Absolutely wonderful....did not want it to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/6/2014

    " The book was a little hard to get through at the beginning given the Italian references. It's about several Ialian immigrants and their lives over many years. I found interesting comparisons to my Irish heritage. Not my favorite historical book but may be worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jane | 1/5/2014

    " Although the plot was a bit scripted, I really enjoyed this book. The timing was perfect for me to read a good old-fashioned love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Mahs | 12/31/2013

    " Loved it! Pure Trigiani... Family, true love, food, Italy.... Sigh... :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/22/2013

    " It was a lovely story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 11/22/2013

    " beautiful writing & beautiful story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mercedes | 10/30/2013

    " Trigiani is a master of providing details and descriptions and the story was engaging. However, there were times where I found the end of the book to be repetitive and at the end a little too melodramatic, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenise Zunel | 8/27/2013

    " I really liked this book. I enjoyed the details I felt like I was in the met or on the hillside. What I enjoyed most was that it simulated real life, good and bad. I would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/8/2013

    " This was a great read. I loved the characters and the story line(s). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy West | 5/15/2013

    " Read for my school book club. So sweet and romantic...couldn't bust thru it, like I usually do bc it was just to beautiful. A great "by the fire or beach read" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth M | 3/30/2013

    " it was above a 5!!! i loved it....the description of Italy made me want to run back!! great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Allen | 1/30/2013

    " Enjoyed the continuing story - liked the complexity of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marye Jayne | 1/24/2013

    " This was a nice Italian immigrant story. A bit soapy at times. I read the first half in bits and pieces. Then the last half in the last couple of days. Very easy to put down and pick right back up again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jullie | 12/26/2012

    " It started slow, but once I got into it - good. Adriana Trigiani writes with descriptive details and matters of the heart and this book is about immigrants and their dreams in America. The story had lots of heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/5/2012

    " Although this book started out a bit slow, this book ended up being one of the most beautifully written and emotional books I've ever read. This author is excellent And I felt as though I was ENza towards the end of the book because her thoughts and her writing were so truthful. Bravo! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 10/1/2012

    " What a great story about life, love & family! I loved the story line & the characters in this book especially following the lives of the main characters Enza & Ciro! "

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About the Author
Author Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, she also wrote the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table and the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. Her books have been published in thirty-six countries around the world. She has written and will direct the big screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy is an udiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.