Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave's fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime - a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Brimming with humor and wise notions of small-town life, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book with a giant heart....
©2003 Adriana Trigiani (P)2012 Random House Audio
“Delightfully quirky... Chock full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists.” (People)
"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday." (The New York Times Book Review)
“Charming... Readers would do well to fall into the nearest easy chair and savor the story." (USA Today)
Absolutely. I would for my friends who love peaceful journeys, who enjoy meadering down the path to see what each day brings. This book was a pleasure.
Jan Karon's Mitford Series. They are similar in they are about small town life, the characters who live, love, laugh, and pass into and out of your life. These are the type of books that refuel me.
One that made me laugh outloud was the scene at the football games Halftime activies in front of the visiting dignitaries Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Senate hopeful, John Warner.
Yes, and I leave that to the reader/listener to decide for themselves. I don't want to give anything away.
Yes, I was very concerned with the author being the narrator. In most cases I have found that doesn't work, but I wanted this book quite a lot so I gave in. Adriana Trigiani has won me over. She is perfect for the part. She IS the book. In fact, I was so please with this book & narrator I imediately purchased the next two in the series. I would have purchased the 4th but I ran out of credits.Thank you Adriana Trigiani for an absolutely delightful stroll through Big Stone Gap, a place I'd love to live.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
There's nothing more country than mountain folk, and Big Stone Gap is all that and more. When thirty-five year old, Ava Maria, the town pharmacist, who's considered an old maid by mountain folk standards, loses her mother, her world goes into a tail spin. Everything she thought she knew changes. She's always known her mother was Italian, but when she finds a picture and letters in her mother's room, she's in shock. She doesn't even know herself anymore. I absolutely love this story . . . being a hillbilly myself and having married very young (still married 42 years later), I can easily relate to all the "goings on". The narration is spot on. I've already downloaded the next two books in the series.Can't wait to start the next one . . .
If you are in the mood for a mellow read this is a great book for you.
Admittedly I am a little biased about this book. My parents are from BSG and reading this one brings back childhood memories at the grandparent's house. It really is a lovely read. Not as outright gripping as some but I looked forward to every word. highly recommend!
Ave Maria Mulligan lived in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Big Stone, Virginia. She had just lost her mother and had inherited a pharmacy business. She became a pharmacist and ran the store. She also inherited her mother’s house. She also got from her lawyer a copy of a letter which her mother left for her to read after her mother’s death. This letter indicated that she was not the daughter of Fred Mulligan, but of a man her mother had known in Italy before she came to America. The lawyer’s wife/secretary was a big gossip and let it be known all over town that Ave Maria was “a bastard.” This raised her ire, and she began to fight for her own rights rather than just please everyone else. In record time, she received two marriage proposals, and hosted visitors from Italy. This is really a feel-good novel. The author is the best narrator one could have found for these books, a trilogy of which this is the first. You think you’re just having a conversation with Ave Maria in your living room. I’m going right on to the next book.
I thought the story line was engaging. Great characters! I look forward to reading the other books I the series very soon.
This is my first time reading/hearing any of Ms Trigiani's books. I enjoyed it a lot, but really had trouble getting into her narration at the beginning. It had a strident twang and moved too slowly. Either I got used to it or she picked up the pace a little as the book moved along.
Light Funny Fun
The night Elizabeth Taylor came to town.
Yes, because of the story and characters.
Come On Down For A Visit
The Narration was too slow and deliberate .
Authors seldom make good readers.
A different narrator! Yes--I understand the author narrated the book...but she really shouldn't have! Perhaps I should not have listened to The Shoemaker's Wife right before this one...just dreadful.
Anyone but her
Didn't get that far
Perhaps the story could have been decent...just could not get past her "folksy" , boring, drone.
Big Stone Gap ranks up at the top with the murder mystery books I have been reading.
Ave Maria is my favorite character. I feel like I have known her all my life. Ave Maria's insecurities are similar to some that I have felt.
The book made me laugh out loud.
The characters are unforgettable. I have fallen in love with all of the characters in Big Stone Gap and their eccentricities. Like Iva Lou who drives the bookmobile; Fleeta who listens to all of the conversations in the drugstore and voices her opinion; and Pearl who grows to become more self-confident once she is given a chance; and all of the other characters who live in Big Stone Gap.
Yes, I would. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
There were some very funny parts, and I liked the humor and wit of the characters. The story was sweet, and romantic, and very enjoyable.
At first, I didn't care for the author reading the book. I felt that a professional reader would bring more life to the characters and the voices would sound a bit different, like hearing a play. But as I became used to her voice, I wasn't bothered by it. There were times, though, when I thought the accent was a little thick. Do the people from Big Stone Gap really talk like that?
I liked everyone. Of course, Ave Maria is very memorable and I really liked Jack from the very first.
Shame on the author and her publisher for not saying something ahead of time that story lines from future books would be revealed during a chat with the author at the end of the first book.There was NO mention of a spoiler alert, so I had no idea that I'd be hearing some major developments in future stories that I would not have wanted to hear in advance. I would never have listened, and now, I'm not sure I'll purchase future books to listen to. I never read ahead in a book - I feel very disappointed.
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