Review: The Shoemaker’s Wife, by Adriana Trigiani

Loosely based on the lives of the author’s grandparents, this novel follow Enza and Ciro and their families from the time they are children in their native Italian Alps to their later meeting in New York City. They had first met in Italy as teenagers but Ciro is suddenly forced to leave when he witnesses the local priest acting in a most unpriestly way. Enza comes to New York to earn money to help her family buy a home back in their Italian village. She works for a time at a blouse factory in Hoboken and later finds work in the costume shop of the Metropolitan Opera as a skilled and creative seamstress. Ciro is apprenticed to a shoemaker in New York City’s Little Italy. The story starts in the early 1900’s when great waves of Europeans, including some of my relatives, came to the United States. I found this story warm and a satisfying read.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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