I recently read the novel, The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani. I was impressed and enthralled by this book that takes the reader from a remote mountain in Italy to booming New York on the eve of WWI, to the war in Europe, and then out to Minnesota. It is not a typical love story, but it is a great one.
I normally stay away from books that might be sad. I am a happy ending girl, even if I sometimes don’t like to admit it. The Shoemaker’s Wife was a love story, but it had its sad points. Despite this, I really enjoyed it and would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in Italian immigration in the early twentieth century. You will be sure to fall in love with the two main characters Ciro and Enza – feeling their happiness, confusion, determination, and sadness.