In The Shoemaker's Wife Adriana Trigiani swept her readers across generations of an Italian family, from the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, she weaves a heartbreaking story that begins on the eve of a wedding in New York's Greenwich Village, travels to New Orleans, and culminates in Tuscany. Family, work, romance, and the unexpected twists of life and fate all come together in an unforgettable narrative that Adriana Trigiani's many fans will adore.
Trigiani (The Shoemaker's Wife) explores the delicate balance (and unbalance) between work, family, and love. Valentine Roncalli, a shoemaker at her family's business, Angelini Shoe Company, is going to marry her tanner, Gianluca Vechiarelli. Gianluca wants to return to his native Italy; Valentine is committed to keeping the family concern running in Greenwich Village. Further complicating things is a difficult moment between Valentine and an old friend, which threatens the marriage. The way the couple juggle their jobs and their complicated families with understanding, sympathy, and love is often hilarious, in spite of the frustration it brings to both of them. A twist near the end of the book is not unexpected, but tense shifts get a little dizzying and it's easy to get ahead of the story. The pages detailing how Valentine practices her craft of shoemaking are superb. Trigiani's ability to bring the large, warm, enveloping if somewhat dysfunctional family to life will keep any reader engrossed and entertained.
What an interesting read.
I couldn’t put this book down. I love all of Adriana’s novels. Always bringing up her homeland. This was such a compelling novel, the end unpredictable. Valentina and Gianluca are characters I won’t soon forget.
First let me say, I have read all of Ms. Trigiani's books and I am a very loyal fan. Completely relate and love the character of Valentine and her big, Italian family. The other two books in the trilogy are great, this had potential...<<<<SPOILER ALERT>>>> Until Gianluca dies at the end. In my opinion it was not needed and came out of nowhere. Could have ended many other ways. Still hope there is another book coming.
It may sound cliche but I laughed and I cried but most of all I loved this book!
I have read a few of Adriana's books. She has wonderful humor! I laughed out loud so many times I think my kids began to think I was crazy! This book did not disappoint. She writes everything with such beautiful timing. I cried my eyes red but in the end the journey through the tears was well worth. Beautiful story!