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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again — sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera... and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate — and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever.

A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write.

Review:

“I've always loved reading Trigiani, but [this] is something totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream. If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. Splendid.” Kathryn Stockett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Help

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“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.” Library Journal

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“This expansive epic, which seems tailor-made for a miniseries, manages to feel both old-fashioned and thoroughly contemporary…[an] irresistible love story.” Booklist

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“The breathtaking… historical novel sparkles in exquisite details and vivid descriptions.” Huffington Post

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“Within the pages of this novel, Trigiani's 10th, is a gloriously romantic yet sensible world that seamlessly blends practicality and beauty…built around the staggering cultural and social changes the war years swept in….Trigiani's very best…exquisite writing and a story enriched by the power of abiding love.” USA Today

Review:

“Trigiani's page-turning newest…is a sweeping saga….More than an epic romance, Trigiani's work pays homage to the tribulations of the immigrant experience, and the love that makes the journey and hardships worthwhile.” Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani returns with the most epic and ambitious novel of her career — a breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again. The Shoemaker's Wife is replete with the all the page-turning adventure, sumptuous detail, and heart-stopping romance that has made Adriana Trigiani, “one of the reigning queens of women's fiction” (USA Today). Fans of Trigiani's sweeping family dramas like Big Stone Gap and Lucia, Lucia will love her latest masterpiece, a book Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, calls “totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream.”

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the New York Times bestsellers The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, she has also written the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. Her books have been published in thirty-six countries around the world. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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pat827pa, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by pat827pa)
Adriana Trigiani has the gift of being a wonderful storyteller. She transports her readers into each location and you never want her stories to end! I loved this book and can't wait for her next!
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Pat Close, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Pat Close)
Well written
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SUSAN KIPP, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by SUSAN KIPP)
A friend gave me this book to get my mind off my mastectomy. It worked. For two days, I was transported to Italy and the east coast. Trigiani's description of the hardships that Italian immigrants had to endure were enthralling.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061257100
Author:
Trigiani, Adriana
Publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20120821
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 in 17.78 oz

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Product details 496 pages Harper Paperbacks - English 9780061257100 Reviews:
"Review" by , “I've always loved reading Trigiani, but [this] is something totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream. If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. Splendid.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “This expansive epic, which seems tailor-made for a miniseries, manages to feel both old-fashioned and thoroughly contemporary…[an] irresistible love story.”
"Review" by , “The breathtaking… historical novel sparkles in exquisite details and vivid descriptions.”
"Review" by , “Within the pages of this novel, Trigiani's 10th, is a gloriously romantic yet sensible world that seamlessly blends practicality and beauty…built around the staggering cultural and social changes the war years swept in….Trigiani's very best…exquisite writing and a story enriched by the power of abiding love.”
"Review" by , “Trigiani's page-turning newest…is a sweeping saga….More than an epic romance, Trigiani's work pays homage to the tribulations of the immigrant experience, and the love that makes the journey and hardships worthwhile.”
"Synopsis" by , Beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani returns with the most epic and ambitious novel of her career — a breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again. The Shoemaker's Wife is replete with the all the page-turning adventure, sumptuous detail, and heart-stopping romance that has made Adriana Trigiani, “one of the reigning queens of women's fiction” (USA Today). Fans of Trigiani's sweeping family dramas like Big Stone Gap and Lucia, Lucia will love her latest masterpiece, a book Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, calls “totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream.”
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