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The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
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Jul 08, 12

Read from July 07 to 08, 2012

Trigiani has really outdone herself with this one which is truly an epic. This seems to be her most ambitious book to date and puts her squarely in historical fiction rather than just in women's fiction. The sweeping storyline goes on and on with strong central characters set in the first half of the 20th century. The description is especially vivid as the setting moves from the Alpine region of Italy to the tenements of New York to the mining region of Minnesota. The strength of family bonds as well as the pain of parental desertion is haunting in the novel as it takes the reader into the world of opera, touches on painful consequences for WWI survivors, and above all reminds us of the hard, hard work done by immigrants to build a better life. There is no build up to one great climactic event; it is simply life itself, good and bad, that follows the characters and hooks the reader. I couldn't put this book down--and it is a long book--as Ciro and Enza, two young Italians, leave their beloved mountain region of Italy for America.
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