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The Shoemaker's Wife


‘Trigiani is a master of palpable and visual detail’ Washington Post

A sweeping epic of risk and destiny, of family, and of the power of love to change lives forever

At the turn of the last century, Ciro, a young dreamer raised in a convent orphanage, and Enza, a practical girl born into poverty, meet as teenagers in the Italian Alps. Stumbling onto a scandal, Ciro is sent to hide in America and work as apprentice in Little Italy. Enza is bereft, but her life too is about to change.

Unbeknownst to one another, Ciro is later a shoemaker and Enza is working in a factory in nearby Hoboken when fate reunites them. But it is already too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in the war, and Enza has a new job at the Metropolitan Opera House that will sweep her into the glamorous salons of Manhattan and into the life of international singing sensation Enrico Caruso.

From the stately mansions of Carnegie Hill, to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy, over the perilous cliffs of northern Italy, to the white-capped lakes of northern Minnesota, The Shoemaker’s Wife defines an era with operatic scope and splendour, in this breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers weave their paths to each other.

‘Gloriously romantic… exquisite writing and a story enriched by the power of abiding love’ USA Today

‘Completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream’ Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

‘An old-fashioned, romantic tale of two star-tangled lovers... but also a paean to artisanal work, food, friendship and family’ Washington Post 

‘Breathtaking’ Hufffington Post

©Tim Stevenson 2008

Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. In addition to being the author of Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler, Milk Glass Moon and Lucia, Lucia, Adriana is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Lucia, Lucia was nominated for Richard and Judy's 'Best Read', 2004. She has written the screen adaptation of her novel Big Stone Gap, which she will also direct.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (May 24, 2012)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781849834247

Praise for Adriana Trigiani

‘A gorgeous piece of escapism’ The Times

'A comedy writer with a heart of gold' New York Times

'Trigiani is a master of palpable and visual detail' Washington Post

'One of my all-time favourite novels' Whoopi Goldberg

'Utterly addictive' Glamour

'Exquisite writing and a story enriched by the power of abiding love' USA Today

'Full of romance, drama and snappy dialogue' People

'Eminently readable and richly imagined' Publisher's Weekly

'Trigiani is a seemingly effortless storyteller' Boston Globe

'Hilarious and romantic. I couldn't put it down' Sarah Jessica Parker

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