The Shoemaker's Wife

Version: Unabridged
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: March 2013
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America.

Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I as Enza begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House. Over time, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

Inspired by Adriana Trigiani's own family history and the love of tradition, The Shoemaker's Wife defines an era with operatic scope that will live on in the imaginations of readers for years to come.

Reviews (2)

The Shoemaker\'s Wife

Written by sarah from Davis, WV on February 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I listen to a lot of audio books. This Book is a \"Feel Good\" story. I love listening to Oleg Cassidy. Her use of the Italian words add so much to the story line. You can visualize the characters as they progress through the story.

Good Story

Written by JJ on July 22nd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Being of Italian heritage, this story rang true to me. I remember my grandparents telling me how they left their homes in Italy and traveled to America in hopes of a better life. I felt as if I were hearing their stories again but with different names. Very enjoyable reading!

Author Details

Author Details

Trigiani, Adriana

Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series and the bestselling novels "Lucia, Lucia"; "The Queen of the Big Time"; and "Rococo"; as well as "Viola in Reel Life", the first book in a new young adult series. 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.