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)
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.
This book is a breath of fresh air in a world of poorly, uninteresting books. The plot may be unambitious but it is still a great story and a suite of moments in the lives of a community, somewhat in the vein of 'Steel Magnolias'. Sweet, funny, charming. I really enjoyed it. Excellent performance by the author.
I've really enjoyed many of Trigiani's books but this one didn't really capture me like others have. Normally, I think I would like an author reading their own book but I just couldn't fit Trigiani's voice with the 30-something character she described. In general I found Ave Maria to be rather annoying, always trying to figure out what the other characters were really thinking rather than taking anything at face value. I just wanted to tell her to grow up. I didn't find any of the male characters very compelling or interesting; everyone is a foil for Ave Maria and her insecurities. I may or may not try another in the series as I usually enjoy Trigiani's work. Maybe this one was written before she honed her craft?
Loved the voices and the humor. Got to get Milk Glass Moon next! Feel like I know the characters.
I love both the book and audio book of Big Stone Gap. I bought the version with Adriana Trigiani reading the book and feel she is incredible. After first reading this book, I couldn't wait for more. And, now, one day, I hope to visit Big Stone Gap. I am fascinated with both Appalachia and Italy. It is hard to review one book without wanting to reference the entire story. I can tell you this . . . the characters and story make you feel good. Clean, simple, and make you smile. This book makes you feel a part of these peoples' lives. Good and fun read & listen!
All of Adriana's performances for the Big Stone Gap series have been great!
I love them all, but I have to say - Iva Lou and Fleeta get me laughing!
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.
Listening to the author was like being in the story. She makes the characters feel like your friends and neighbors. If you want to cry, then laugh out loud, you'll love this book. I can't wait to read another one of her books.
Nice storyline, but just too much unnecessary details that slows down the story too much and becomes obvious as you get into the book. In saying that, if you're looking for a leisurely pace to relax to, this would do it cause the story is decent.
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