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RED HOT BOOK OF THE WEEK: The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

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The Shoemaker's Wife

Adriana Trigiani is a celebrated author who has a legion of devoted fans. She wrote the Big Stone Gap series, about a small mountain town in Virginia, and the Valentine books, about a shoemaker in New York City. Now comes the book that critics and readers agree is Trigiani's best yet -- The Shoemaker's Wife, a historical epic that spans years and continents. A book about love and loss, war and redemption... which makes it a must-read for us.

Adriana Trigiani is a prolific author who has written many wonderful books, but The Shoemaker's Wife is her most ambitious and perhaps her most amazing novel yet. If you're one of Adriana's many loving fans, you likely have already bought this lengthy tome. But if you're new to Adriana's work, then this The Shoemaker's Wife coverbook is the perfect place to start. Its themes and varying storylines will speak to many different readers, and as a result, anyone and everyone will find something to love in this impressive novel.

The Shoemaker's Wife

Eduardo and Ciro are just boys when their mother abandons them to a convent in the Italian Alps, unable to care for her sons after the death of her husband. There, they begin new lives: Eduardo, the practical older brother, tries to protect young Ciro from the world. When Ciro meets the beautiful Enza, a local peasant girl, a lovely relationship blossoms between the two of them. But when Ciro finds himself in trouble and is banished to America, Enza is bereft at the unexplained disappearance of the boy she cared so much about.

In America, Ciro is apprenticed to a shoemaker in Little Italy, New York. But he does not know that Enza has also arrived in the United States. (After an unfortunate family situation, she decides to build her life in a new country as well.) Though it is the fate of the young lovers to meet again, circumstances greater than themselves threaten to tear them apart. Ciro feels it's his duty to volunteer for World War I and Enza chooses to forge ahead with a new life without him.

In these difficult times full of turbulent change, what chance do two people who love one another have of finding each other again? 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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