Reviews for Shoemaker's Wife

AudioFile Reviews 2012 May
Author/narrator Adriana Trigiani was inspired by her grandparents' lives when she wrote the story of Ciro and Enza, who were born in the Italian Alps and emigrated separately to New York City when still teenagers. Despite their different dreams and separate paths, the two eventually discover their love and commonalities, working together to build an American life. A special audiobook author's note discusses the decision to ask actress Annabella Sciorra to narrate the earlier sections of the novel, before Trigiani herself steps behind the mike to read the final parts. Although the switch in performers is momentarily jarring, listeners quickly adjust, and the magic of the story remains unbroken. Sciorra excels at characterizations; whereas, Trigiani boosts the emotional impact of her moving story of immigration. C.B.L. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

Library Journal Reviews 2012 June #2

Enduring family ties are the theme of Trigiani's love story of Ciro and Enza, which is based on the author's Italian heritage. At the close of the 19th century, Ciro and his brother are left at a convent in the Italian Alps when their widowed mother can no longer care for them. While the boys grow under the nuns' watchful care, Enza and her large family are living in a neighboring village. When Enza's beloved baby sister dies, Ciro is hired as the grave digger. Their paths cross, separate, and cross again when they both immigrate to New York. Ciro becomes a shoemaker in lower Manhattan, while Enza works as a dressmaker at the Metropolitan Opera. They marry, settle in northern Minnesota, and raise a family. Through tragedy, happiness, struggle, and success, Enza and Ciro's devotion to their families and their abiding love for each other shine through. VERDICT Actress Annabella Sciorra and Trigiani share the narration duties to differentiate between Enza's and Ciro's youth in Italy and their life in the United States. Unfortunately, the effect detracts from, rather than enhances, the program. ["Trigiani's gift for using vivid details to create a strong sense of place and her warm affection for her characters will make this a satisfying read for her many fans," read the review of the New York Times best-selling HarperCollins hc, LJ 3/1/12.--Ed.]--Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL

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