Nestled in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the town of Big Stone Gap has been home for Ave Maria Mulligan Machesney and her family for generations. She's been married to her beloved Jack for nearly 20 years, raised one child and buried another, and run a business that binds her community together, all while holding her tight circle of family and friends close.
When Ave Maria Mulligan, a thirty-five-year-old self-proclaimed spinster, discovers a skeleton in her family closet, her quiet life begins to unravel. Comic and compassionate, Big Stone Gap is the story of a woman who thinks life has passed her by, only to learn that the best is yet come. Don't miss the sequel Big Cherry Holler.
"Warm, Familiar, and Funny"
The changes in Ave Maria's life are seismic as Etta begins her new life in Italy, Jack Mac is stunned by unexpected news and the appearance of a mysterious stranger who comes to town to reveal a secret buried long ago. Ave Maria's world is rocked to its core, forcing her to face the past in order to build a new life. This is Trigiani at her best, a page-turning story full of revelations, plot twists and characters we have come to embrace as family.