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)
I enjoyed this book and look foward to the next. BUT was very disappointed in finding something out in the authors discusion about what goes on in book 2. BOO. There should be a spoiler alert at the intro to the final chapter!!
Wonderful story and lovable characters. You will never forget your first visit to Big Stone Gap. What made it even more special is the author narrating the book. No one else could have captured the quirkiness like she did.
I enjoyed the story and the characters. There were some nuggets of truth and knowledge about life in it, too. It is a just sit back and enjoy some southern life sprinkled with an Italian adventure Ava Marie figures herself out.
The story line, the place, the characters had an authenticity that was enhanced by the author's reading. Could not put it away until the satisfying conclusion.
Do not listen to the interview at the end of this book! The Author is wonderful but gives away some very important information regarding the plot in the second book. I was very frustrated!
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I really loved Big Stone Gap. And yet, during the first hour or so, I found myself wondering if this was the same author as The Shoemaker's Wife and other favourites of mine. However, I stuck with it and it paid off. I found myself connected to Ave Maria in a way I never thought I would.
I loved the way the characters in the little town were developed and the view we got of the life of people in a small town in the southern U.S. I loved Ave Maria. This story reminded me somewhat of the help though there were no maids involved.
I have never listed to one of her performances. At first, I found her voice intensely annoying. But as the story progressed, I found I relaxed into it and actually found it added to my enjoyment of the book.
It was not that sort of book really. One scene sort of eased into the next. Even crises were handled calmly and in such a way as to ease the reader into them with the same calm as the reader.
I am anxious to read the second book in the trilogy as I've become attached to these people. I love Adriana Trigiani's writing style. I'm hooked on her books.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
This book is a feel good book. Coming from an Italian family I can say I felt at home
I felt like she made the book interesting. She brought the characters to life
This is definitely a curl up and listen to book. Grab a cup of coffee a blanket and relax
I want more
I cannot pick just one. They were all hilarious.
Probably the lead.
A hilarious, heart felt beginning.
Easy listen. Leaves you wanting more.
Something about the way Adriana Trigiani tells the story makes me feel like I am there and that I may actually know her and her family!
I think it would be Ava Maria...she thinks she is so plain but, she is very interesting! I relate to her on many levels...
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