Adriana Trigiana's richly layered historical tale of star-crossed lovers spans a continent, several misunderstandings and fateful separations, but resolves in a pleasing, graceful way. Ciro and Enza, the pair at its heart, are young villagers who don't meet until they are both teenagers. Their youthful romance is nipped in the bud when Ciro catches a local priest in something best left unseen. Forced to flee, he leaves for America without telling Enza the reason. Years later, she and her family also emigrate, but settling in Hoboken, she does not know that Ciro, a shoemaker's apprentice in Greenwich Village, is only a river away. They reunite, but fate is still against them: Ciro has volunteered for World War I. What follows next brings the story to an operatic conclusion. Enthralling to read; easy to recommend.