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The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
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Jul 09, 2012

really liked it

The story of how two people's paths continue to cross, and the impact of those chance meetings. The tale begins in Northern Italy near the Alps, when Ciro and his brother are left at a convent to be raised by the nuns. Thus the journey for Ciro begins. His hard work and honesty does not always pay off the way he wanted. Enza who is the oldest daughter is helping to support and raise her family. Her youngest sister Stella passed away, and that is her first meeting with Ciro, who has been charged with digging the child's grave. Her sorry is so heavy and the landlord is unwilling to sell the family their residence. Enza convinces her parents that the only thing left for them is that she and her father should go to America to earn enough money to build a home for the rest of the family. Ciro has escaped to America with the help of the nuns and is apprenticed to a shoemaker. Enza is to live with a distant cousin who "indentures" her off hours while she works in a factory during the day. Enza's love of music particularly the opera and her ability to sew eventually find her and her life-long friend positions at the Metropolitan Opera to sew for the Great Caruso. Her life and exposure to New York society has thrilled her. Meanwhile, Ciro has become a master in making and repairing boots in New York. Enza and Ciro's paths cross and eventually a solid relationship is established. The challenges each faced brought them closer. They also realized the true meaning of friendship. The story is in keeping with the author's other books...immigrants, hard work and the success it brings, and it is always interesting to see how she weaves the tale.

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