Overall I quite enjoyed The Shoemaker’s Wife. It tells the story of the intertwined lives of two people, Ciro and Enza, who both grow up in the Italian alps and separately emigrate to the United States in the early 1900s. There is no big surprise in the plot; it just tells a beautiful and complete story about two people’s lives. The ending brought several things full circle in a lovely way. My only criticism is that the writing felt stiff. In some ways the descriptions were vivid and really drew me in to the world, but sometimes it felt like she was telling rather than showing how the characters felt. The dialogue sometimes felt unnatural and too “perfect”. However, I did feel that the characters were well drawn and I could imagine them as real people. Overall I would recommend this book and I will probably read more books by Adriana Trigiani.