August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am , by Ladies' Lounge
Operatic. That’s the word that will (not so coincidentally) spring to mind as you get caught up in this sweeping epic, The Shoemaker’s Wife, by Adriana Trigiani. Ciro Lazzari and Enza Ravenelli meet as teenagers in their native Italy, kiss, then part. They meet again in New York City, where each has been forced to start over—Ciro as a shoemaker and Enza as a seamstress who ends up at the Metropolitan Opera designing costumes for the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso. Theirs is a story of missed connections until one of them stages a dramatic intervention that changes their fate. Written with a sharp eye for period details, this novel (inspired by Trigiani’s grandparents) pays tribute to generations of Italian immigrants who made their way in the New World with optimism, grit and a passion for work, family, good food and wine—and enduring love.
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