Milk Glass Moon, the third book in Adriana Trigiani's best-selling Big Stone Gap series, continues the life story of Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney as she faces the challenges and changes of motherhood with her trademark humor and honesty. With twists as plentiful as those found on the holler roads of southwest Virginia, this story takes turns that will surprise and enthrall the reader.
Transporting us from Ave Maria's home in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Italian Alps, from New York City to the Tuscan countryside, Milk Glass Moon is the story of a shifting mother-daughter relationship, of a daughter's first love and a mother's heartbreak, of an enduring marriage that contains its own ongoing challenges, and of a community faced with seismic change.
All of Trigiani's beloved characters are back: Jack Mac, Ave Maria's true love, who is willing to gamble security for the unknown; her best friend and confidant, bandleader Theodore Tipton, who begins a new life in New York City; librarian and sexpert Iva Lou Wade Makin, who faces a life-or-death crisis. Meanwhile, surprises emerge in the blossoming of crusty cashier Fleeta Mullins, the maturing of mountain girl turned savvy businesswoman Pearl Grimes, and the return of Pete Rutledge, the handsome stranger who turned Ave Maria's world upside down in Big Cherry Holler.
In this rollicking hayride of upheaval and change, Ave Maria is led to places she never dreamed she would go, and to people who enter her life and rock its foundation. As Ave Maria reaches into the past to find answers to the present, listners will stay with her every step of the way, rooting for the onetime town spinster who embraced love and made a family. Milk Glass Moon is about the power of love and its abiding truth, and captures Trigiani at her most lyrical and heartfelt.
©2002 Adriana Trigiani (P)2012 Random House Audio
How is it possible that I can relate even more to every one of these books in this series? This one was about parenting and I can't even begin to say how much it touched me. It reminded me of how I parented my son and never realized what it really looked like. Ave was the type of mother I am and it was scary.
Emotions always run deep in these stories, well in all her books, but she does it so well. I can't even say enough, except these books, all her books, are must reads.
I know a lot of people complain about Adriana narrating the story herself and her voice is easy to get used to. With 4 books in the series 3 of them are in her voice so when I got to the 4th one I was surprised and a bit disappointed that it was someone different. I was used to her voices for the characters, but honestly it didn't take away from the story at all. Her books are so emotion evoking and nothing could take away from that.
In this, the final book of the Stone Gap trilogy, Jack and Ave Maria raise their daughter with all the anxiety of getting through the teenages, up to her marriage. There are big changes in Big Stone Gap, and some of Ave Maria’s closest friends have some dramatic life crises. This book finishes off he series, and we are all sorry to see it end. Again, I can’t imagine anyone reading these books aloud but Trigiani herself.
Touching. Human. Positive.
Ave Maria. She is close to her emotions and lively. She is not static but evolving throughout the story.
I didn't read the book but I can't imagine it could have been better. The author was the absolute perfect person to narrate this book. She truely brought the whole thing to life!
It was amazingly authentic. I loved the accents and fell in love with characters that reminded me so much of my own circle of family/friends.
LOVED Iva Loo!
Ave Maria of course is the most memorable in the entire series. I loved living the years with her. I loved the honesty. This felt more like an actual memoir than fiction.
I listened to the entire series and truely enjoyed every one. No car chases or big explosions, just real life as seen through the eyes of a real woman with real flaws, expectations, heartaches, and triumphs. I usually listen to biographies and memoirs. To me, all fiction is a guilty pleasure but this felt so real that my "guilt" was kept to the bare minimum.
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