I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving and are ready to dive into December’s Literary Wives pick: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani. If you don’t know about our Literary Wives book club, you can read about it here. We have a couple of announcements:
- Congratulations to Audra of Unabridged Chick, whose son Winslow Alcott was born on November 18th!! Audra is miraculously still writing blog posts, so I really have no excuse.
- We’re super excited to have a new member of the book club, Naomi from Consumed by Ink. Welcome!
Please be sure to check out everyone’s reviews this month:
- Audra at Unabridged Chick – on a break
- Carolyn at Rosemary & Reading Glasses
- Cecilia at Only You – on a break
- Emily at The Bookshelf of Emily J.
- Kay from What Me Read
- Lynn from Smoke & Mirrors
- Naomi at Consumed by Ink
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani; published 2012 by Simon & Schuster
I really enjoyed Trigiani’s imaginative imagery and her exploration of the unpredictability of love. I was disappointed by the sometimes wandering plotline, excruciatingly long denouement, and the fact that her characters got out of tough predicaments way too easily. That’s just my quick two cents. All in all, I’m glad I read it.
Starting in Italy in 1905, Ciro and his brother are left at a convent by their recently widowed mother. They are raised by the nuns there, and their lives move in very different directions; Eduardo decides to become a priest, while Ciro decides to pursue his great love: girls. After a small scandal, he is kicked out of the convent and sent to America to be apprenticed to a shoemaker. But before he left he met one girl, Vincenza (or Enza, for short). They shared a brief kiss that made a deep impression on both of them, though they wouldn’t know it for a while.
The book follows both Ciro and Enza’s lives for many years, as he falls in and out of love with American girls, as Enza moves to America as a seamstress to send money back home to her family. They run into each other periodically and find that the attraction is always there. But it takes Ciro years and a stint in WWI to finally decide to pursue Enza.Continue Reading