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Big Stone Gap: A Novel | [Adriana Trigiani]

Big Stone Gap: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Maureen PORT SAINT LUCIE, FLORIDA, United States 09-25-12
    Maureen PORT SAINT LUCIE, FLORIDA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible Stone Gap!!!!"
    What did you love best about Big Stone Gap?

    The ease by which your were drawn into Ave Maria's. life and predicaments. Her voice was commanding and soothing at the same time. Would compare it to comfort food that makes you feel soothed and satisfied.Her problems became real to the reader as well as to herself. I reread (listened) to these books as soon as I was done with them.


    What other book might you compare Big Stone Gap to and why?

    Queen of the Big Time. Another of Adrianna's books. I love books that go through generations of families. She brought America and the family's ties to Italy together in this one as well. Stressing family values no matter how much outside pressure is being placed on it's members. She is one of my favorite writers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think when she decided to leave Joe Mack. She was filled with self righteous indignation, but her friend took a hard stand and made her truly take a look at who she was and what she had done herself. It was her Ah Hah moment.


    If you could rename Big Stone Gap, what would you call it?

    Ave Maria's Rite of Passage? Finding Yourself Amongst the Chaos?


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to hear her read Queen of the Big Time. I think the reader can make or break a book. She would definitely make this one. Hope she keeps writing LOVE her style and story lines.

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    Jodi California 08-31-12
    Jodi California 08-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Big Stone Gap to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the author is reading it and puts her special knowledge of each character in to her narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ave Maria


    Which character – as performed by Adriana Trigiani – was your favorite?

    Iva Lou


    Who was the most memorable character of Big Stone Gap and why?

    Ave Maria because she is not perfect and she is ok with that! She is also willing to change.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a coming of age story about a 35 year old town pharmacist who has never been married. This book is so much fun! It takes place in the south with all the traditions, twang and hilarity that comes with it. You can actually envision the big hair on these ladies that we come to love. There are so many fabulous one liners it would take forever to write them all down. I found myself laughing out loud through the entire book. Not the epic masterpiece of The Shoemakers Wife but it is a wonderful, heart warming, great characters kind of book. Perfect for any time of the year!

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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 10-20-13
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I can't believe it."

    I'm having an extremely hard time believing this is the same author that wrote some of the other books I loved so much. The story line is not great and the performance makes it worse - not recommended at all but check out the author's others if you've not already - they I do highly recommend.

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    Richard J. Riker Southampton, NJ USA 01-14-14
    Richard J. Riker Southampton, NJ USA 01-14-14 Listener Since 2000

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Stick to the writing, Adriana!"
    Would you listen to Big Stone Gap again? Why?

    No. I only re-listen to especially good books that are extremely well written. This book does not measure up to that level.


    What other book might you compare Big Stone Gap to and why?

    None that I can think of.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Adriana Trigiani?

    Any actress with skills for reading audio books. Almost anyone other than the writer. Stick to the writing, Adriana. Leave the reading to those who do it well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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