Editor's Lit: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Updated: 14 Jun 2013

Time Out says

Rating: 4/5
RM35.50, Simon & Schuster

In 'The Shoemaker’s Wife' by Adriana Trigiani patience and acceptance seem to be a big part of the plot. The heroine waits, she gets her man. The hero accepts his fate and he goes to a better life as his luck turns. When both wait and accept, they find each other, cheating the odds that are against them such as the war, poverty and an ocean between them. Now, if those are not ingredients for a tear-jerker than nothing else compares.

The story itself is based on Trigiani’s grandparents’ love story. Here’s a tale of a strapping boy growing up in a convent who meets a practical but beautiful girl in the Italian Alps where they live in the early 20th century. Fate, however, separates them and with no follow-up from either one, it takes a bit of time before they accidentally and very briefly meet again in a hospital in New York as immigrants. Nothing comes out of that meeting and they continue with their separate lives. Then the war breaks out and when it is over, fate steps in and reunites them. Luck, however, is fleeting for these two but despite their quick ending, happiness is evident.

What’s lovely about this book is Trigiani’s graceful style of cobbling words together that results in the real tone in which the story’s told. This is not a fairytale, it is relatable and because of that, memorable. It’s a book to curl up with on a rainy day with a hot cup of tea, if not a box of tissues. Su Aziz

This book is available at any Borders book stores. For more info, see website.

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