HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Loading...

The Shoemaker's Wife (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Adriana Trigiani

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,140747,179 (3.86)23
Member:stillwaters12
Title:The Shoemaker's Wife
Authors:Adriana Trigiani
Info:Harper (2012), Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, Catholic, Italy, America

Work details

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani (2012)

  1. 00
    Vita by Melania G. Mazzucco (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These lavish, richly detailed historical sagas follow the lives of young Italian immigrants -- in both cases, childhood sweethearts separated by circumstances beyond their control -- as they build separate, yet frequently intertwining, new lives in early 20th-century America.… (more)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 23 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 74 (next | show all)
I really enjoyed this story more than I initially thought I would. Usually I either like a fantasy element or historical fiction that takes place in the 1800s at the latest. I tend to get bored with books where the main focus is romance or just everyday life. This book was different.

For one thing the writing is wonderful. The descriptions of the places, people, and food was enough to pull me right into the book. Not only that but Enza and Ciro were both well flushed out characters. Even the more minor characters had dimension. While I did not like Ciro much when he was a teen till he grew up in his early twenties I liked how real he was. Ciro was handsome but not perfect and like I said his character grew through the book which seems rare in male characters for some reason. Enza I loved through the whole thing. She is smart, family-oriented, and strong. She is the type of woman I would be proud to have as a role-model if I ever had a daughter.

I would give this book four stars but I felt it dragged on a bit too long. I feel like it should have stopped around 70% It just kind of lost my interest after that. The writing was still beautiful but it felt a bit forced at that point to me. Almost like trying to combine two books into one or something.

Still all in all a great book and one I am very glad I picked up. ( )
  Alexis_D. | Sep 22, 2016 |
Love anything by Adriana ( )
  LindaCarvelli | Aug 15, 2016 |
I absolutely loved this book. The story of Enza and Ciro is such a wonderful love story. It took them awhile to really find each other but then it was a love that was pure. The story really brought forward some of the struggles immigrants faced at the beginning of the 1900s. It was beautifully written and I can't wait to read more by this author as this was my first glimpse into her writing. This book is a must read. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |

The Shoemaker’s Wife – Trigani

4 stars

Before he became a shoemaker, Ciro Augustus Lazarri was the younger of two brothers, left in the care of the nuns of San Nicola by their widowed mother. Long before she became the shoemaker’s wife, Enza Ravenelli was the oldest of six children in the family of Schilpario’s coachman. They were two hard working children, making their way in the poverty of the Italian Alps during the early years of the twentieth century.The Shoemaker’s Wife is not just a love story of these two characters. It is a family saga. The book traces the unique immigrant experiences of these two individuals as they overlap, diverge and finally coalesce to create a new beginning is America.

This book is full of likable characters and rich settings. As Ciro learns his shoemaking trade in Manhattan, he also charms the young women of Little Italy. Enza finds work in Hoboken’s garment district until she makes a daring move to Manhattan, where she builds an exciting career sewing for the Metropolitan Opera. Their paths cross. World War One changes their plans once again. Both characters experience a great many hardships and set-backs, but it is always clear that they will be together. Some parts of the story move slowly, but it remains a pleasant reading experience to the very end.
( )
  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Enjoyable, read almost like a family memoir. The audio ending with the author talking about how this book has its roots in her family history was very interesting. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 74 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
In Memory of Monsignor Don Andrea Spada
Who Loved the Mountain
First words
The scalloped hem of Caterina Lazzari's blue velvet coat grazed the fresh-fallen snow, leaving a pale pink path on the bricks as she walked across the empty piazza.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061257095, Hardcover)

Kathryn Stockett Interviews Adriana Trigiani

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. The Help is her first novel.

Kathryn Stockett: This is by far your most epic novel to date. How long did it take you to write The Shoemaker’s Wife?

Adriana Trigiani: I worked on this story for over 20 years as I wrote scripts and novels and had my own family. There are scraps of paper, dinner napkins, and bills with timelines and notes scrawled across them. There are old notebooks filled with my grandmother’s musings from 1985. I collected train tickets, copies of ships’ manifests, and a silk tag with my grandmother’s name from garments she had created. I traveled as far as the Italian Alps and as close as the few blocks it takes me to walk to Little Italy in New York City to capture the historical aspects of the story. All of this went into the novel. It was a delicious gestation period.

Stockett: This is a novel, but it is inspired by a true story—a family story, right?

Trigiani: Yes—my grandparents, Lucia and Carlo. Their love was a dance with fate. It is riddled with near misses against a landscape of such massive world events that it’s a wonder they got together at all. My challenge was to present their world to the reader so it might feel it was happening in the moment. I wanted the reader to have the experience I had when stories were told to me by the woman who lived them.

Stockett: The novel takes place during the first half of the twentieth century--what is so compelling about this period of time to you?

Trigiani: The cusp of the twentieth century was a time everything was new—cars, phones, planes, electricity, even sportswear, and in each innovation was a kind of explosive potential. No one could predict where all the inventions would lead, people only knew that change was unavoidable.

My grandparents were delighted every time America presented them with something they had never seen before. And my grandparents’ sense of wonder never left them, so I tried not to let it leave the page, be it a cross-country train ride or the first snap of the bobbin on an electric Singer sewing machine.

Stockett: Through the remarkable story of Enza and Ciro, your novel tells the larger story of the immigrant experience in America.

Trigiani: What a gift immigrants were and are to this country! They bring their talents and loyalty and make our country even greater. My grandparents were proud to be new Americans. Assimilation was not about copying an American ideal, but aspiring to their own version of it. The highest compliment you could pay a fellow immigrant was: he (or she) was a hard worker. I hear the phrase work like an immigrant said, but really, it’s bigger than that—we must also dream like immigrants.

Stockett: The Shoemaker’s Wife seamlessly brings together fictional characters and historical figures—how did the wonderful Caruso enter the novel?

Trigiani: It started with a three-foot stack of vinyl records—my grandmother Lucia’s collection of Caruso. Her absolute devotion to The Great Voice lasted her whole life long. I knew, in order to write this novel, I had to fall in love with Caruso too, because he sang the score of my grandparents’ love affair.

When Lucia passed, I went to my first opera, seeking understanding and comfort. As the music washed over me, I began to understand why my grandmother was such a fan. The words were Italian, and the emotions were big; nothing was left unexpressed in the music. If only life were that way.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:16 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting for the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Set during the years preceding and during World War I.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 7 descriptions

LibraryThing Author

Adriana Trigiani is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

profile page | author page

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
5 avail.
275 wanted
2 pay10 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.86)
0.5
1 2
1.5
2 20
2.5 9
3 75
3.5 28
4 134
4.5 19
5 87

Audible.com

An edition of this book was published by Audible.com.

See editions

 

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 109,112,262 books! | Top bar: Always visible