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Adriana Trigiani is the author of fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table. She is also the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary Queens of the Big Time. Trigiani lives in Greenwich Village with her family.
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 (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.