THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE
The Shoemaker’s Wife is an impeccably researched, sweeping chronicle of the American immigrant experience at the turn of the century. The novel focuses on two beguiling young people, though a failure to settle on one as the main protagonist until deep into the book leaves it feeling somewhat disjointed. However, the story is so engrossing and the language so rich that this stylistic miss is easily overlooked. And though the ending seems a bit rushed, the ride leading up to it is enormously satisfying.