What a marvelous storyteller Adriana Trigiani is! Just when I needed a good, pull-me-in kind of book, I sat down to read The Shoemaker’s Wife and fell in love with the characters of Enza and Ciro.
The novel begins when the two are teenagers in Italy following the first World War. Enza is the 15 year old daughter of a large family who has just buried a younger daughter. Ciro is a slightly older boy, growing up in a convent following the death of his father. They connect, kiss, and seem destined to be together. Then Ciro gets sent to America and Enza is bewildered at his sudden departure without even a word to her.
It’s a story of the immigrant experience, of hard work and about the meaning of true love. Trigiani does a wonderful job researching the lives of Italian immigrants, and her characters are well-developed and charming. Loved this book!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012