The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

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42 Critic Reviews

I laughed and I cried throughout the story, and found The Shoemaker’s Wife to be a perfect mix of emotions.
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Synopsis

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani returns with the most epic and ambitious novel of her career—a breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again. The Shoemaker's Wife is replete with the all the page-turning adventure, sumptuous detail, and heart-stopping romance that has made Adriana Trigiani, “one of the reigning queens of women’s fiction” (USA Today). Fans of Trigiani’s sweeping family dramas like Big Stone Gap and Lucia, Lucia will love her latest masterpiece, a book Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, calls “totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream.”
 

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Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, in the 1970s. She has honed her storytelling abilities over a decade of writing and producing some of television's top-rated shows, including the groundbreaking Cosby Show. Trigiani is also an award-winning playwright and documentary filmmaker. She lives in New York City with her husband.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Harper. 496 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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All: 42 | Positive: 38 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
May 15 2012

A long list of life events, without the emotional depth to draw readers in.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Leslie Wright on May 05 2012

I laughed and I cried throughout the story, and found The Shoemaker’s Wife to be a perfect mix of emotions.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt on Apr 05 2012

Rich historical details, memorable characters, vivid and sensual description, powerful emotions and strong images enhance Adriana Trigiani’s stirring novel...

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Carole Barrowman on May 27 2012

Intriguing plot threads are cut off and the final pages, in which lives are tied up too swiftly and neatly, made me wonder if Trigiani did these things to keep her characters faithful to her family's history rather than freeing them to follow their own fictional journeys.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Katherine Powers on May 11 2012

Trigliani is a master of palpable and visual detail...

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Apr 01 2012

You only need a deep appreciation for exquisite writing and a story enriched by the power of abiding love.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Carole Memmott on Apr 01 2012

You don't need to have an immigrant family history to adore this novel — it ranks as one of Trigiani's very best.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Beth Gutcheon

Trigiani has given it powerful narrative sweep and drive, with plenty of romantic top-spin.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Beth Gutcheon

This is a novel with heart and breadth, wonderfully imagined, about love of family, of friends, and of country.

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Historical Novel Society

Below average

Once they leave Italy, the pace slows and the story loses focus.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Haddock on May 19 2012

This book also avoids the cliche. The characters lead fairly ordinary lives without impending doom on every turn that sometimes come with lengthy stories.

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Look At OKC

Excellent
Reviewed by Betty Lytle on Apr 29 2012

Although this is initially a love story, it gives us a clear picture of the times and the people who immigrated to this country.

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About.com

Excellent
Reviewed by John Formy-Duval

No novelist has mined the stories of her family with more verve and success than Adriana Trigiani.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Above average
on Apr 22 2012

As we learn from her story, we're responsible for our creating our own happiness. With "The Shoemaker's Wife," Trigiani gives us a road map to a happy life. You'll have trouble putting this novel down.

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Lancaster Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Meyers on May 27 2012

Like E.L Doctorow in "Ragtime," Trigiani brings fabled celebrities into her fictional narrative as major characters, bolstering the almost overpowering feeling of realism we get from this fantastic book.

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EastonPatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Cathy Long on May 16 2012

As a novel of epic proportion that has taken Trigiani twenty years to write, The Shoemaker’s Wife is a tour de force and the culmination of a personal journey for the author to honor the memory of her grandparents.

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District

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Deselle on Apr 30 2012

This is a novel born from 20 years of research, a clear passion and love of the history and its personal significance, but also a showcase of a writer’s ability to create beautiful characters and rich stories.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Apr 17 2012

It's rich in detail, and rich in the Italian and Italian American experience.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Apr 22 2012

Trigiani gives the reader a unique, defining immigrant experience centered on love but haunted by separation and loss in The Shoemaker's Wife.

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Leeswammes' Blog

Good
Apr 05 2012

The book spans a period from around 1900 to 1945 and it is very good at setting out a kind of American dream, where immigrants without any money make a good life for themselves through hard work and fair play.

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Always With A Book

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on May 06 2012

This book is full of rich descriptions so it’s easy to picture the world Enza and Ciro live in.

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Book Journey

Good
Reviewed by Sheila on Apr 04 2012

I have read and enjoyed many of Adriana’s books and this one is no exception...

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Reading Lark

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Apr 04 2012

The Shoemaker's Wife reads like a quilt - it is a collection of stories tied together with the threads of love and family - each little detail is important to the larger piece.

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Under My Apple Tree

Good
Reviewed by Leslie on May 25 2012

This is the first book I’ve read by Adriana Trigiani and it won’t be the last.

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Bookfoolery and Babble

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Homer on Apr 17 2012

...it's too long, but worth persevering to the end.

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Amused by Books

Good
Apr 06 2012

The love story was modern and old-fashioned at the same time, the period details were fascinating and it made the immigrant experience really come to life.

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The Savvy Reader

Good
Reviewed by Shannon on May 27 2012

It’s the little details and fine touches that really made this book feel special.

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Life by Candlelight

Good
Reviewed by Amy Malaise on May 14 2012

It is a story of love and fate and family that can often feel sweeping in its scope. A wonderful and sentimental read.

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West Metro Mommy

Good
Reviewed by Melinda Ott on Apr 12 2012

Trigiani had a difficult task when she tackled the scope of The Shoemaker’s Apprentice, but she did it successfully.

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Cannonball Read IV

Below average
Reviewed by Katie on May 08 2012

My other problem with this love story was larger...He ignored her for years, sleeping with half the women in New York, never even thinking about her.

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I'm Booking It

Good
Reviewed by Laura on May 04 2012

The writing is beautiful, the story is mentally and emotionally engrossing, the characters are rich and believable.

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Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Apr 06 2012

Amazingly enough, it turned out to be a spectacular book, one that not only contained lush as well as intricate writing, plot development, and writing, but also one that flew right past my expectations.

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Confessions of an Avid Reader

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Apr 17 2012

The Shoemaker's Wife is a beautifully written novel that tells the story of two unforgettable characters.

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Book Dilettante

Good
Reviewed by Harvee Lau on Apr 10 2012

I found this book an excellent example of immigrant fiction and the historical novel.

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Valeehill

Good
Reviewed by Virginia Travis on May 03 2012

Through the triumphs and tragedy, the love and loss, this book is a moving masterpiece!

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Historical Tapestry

Good
Reviewed by Marg on May 16 2012

The author manages to evoke the emotions without having the book become maudlin even as the events of World War I come back to haunt the family in ways that could never be expected.

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A Work in Progress

Good
May 13 2012

I mentioned that this is an ambitious novel and Trigiani covers a lot of ground, and does it mostly very well.

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Life is Short, Read Fast

Good
Reviewed by Jennie on Apr 05 2012

Even if you aren’t normally a historical fiction fan…this book will grab your heart and not let go!

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Book Matters

Good
Reviewed by Teri Harmon on May 21 2012

Vivid. Beautiful. Atmospheric. Lovely. Gripping. Wonderful.

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Cristina's Library

Good
Reviewed by Cristina Rizzuto on Jun 15 2012

A beautiful love story, and a touching tribute to the immigrants that built America, The Shoemaker’s Wife is a must read.

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It's a Crazy, Beautiful Life

Good
Reviewed by Deanna on Apr 30 2012

I loved every bit of this sweeping story, even when I was shedding tears on the pages.

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Reel Swell

Good
Reviewed by Julie on Apr 16 2012

THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE is filled with colorful characters — from the hard-nosed but gentle nuns at the convent to the friends Ciro and Enza make in New York to their own family members.

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