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Publisher's Summary

Big Cherry Holler, the extraordinary sequel to Big Stone Gap, takes us back to the mountain life that enchanted us in Adriana Trigiani's best selling debut novel. It's been eight years since town pharmacist and longtime spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her newfound belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria has made a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she hasn't counted on is that fate and the ghosts of the past will come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband.

Big Cherry Holler is the story of a marriage, revealing the deep secrets, the power struggle, the betrayal, and the unmet expectations that can exist between husband and wife. But it is also the story of a community that must reinvent itself as it comes to grips with the decline of the coal-mining industry and of an extended family, the people of Big Stone Gap, who are there for one another, especially when times are tough.

When Ave Maria takes her daughter to Italy for the summer and meets a handsome stranger who offers her a life beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains, she is forced to decide what she really wants. Brimming with humor, wisdom, and honesty, and the drama and local color of the mountain life from Virginia to Italy, Big Cherry Holler is a deeply felt, brilliantly evoked story of two lovers who have lost their way, and their struggle to find each other again.

Don't miss the rest of the Big Stone Gap series.
©2001 by Adriana Trigiani; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 01-17-11

Lacking Something

This, as all of Trigiani'a books, is a great story. But what is lacking is the Unabridged version. Trigiani writes a sequal love story from the woman heroine introduced in her first book of the series. Her characters are again likeable and real. But I always feel I am missing something when it is abridged. I am amazed authors allow their works to be chopped up. Her narration again is superb. But if you get the chance to buy the unabridged version, do so.

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A fitting sequel to Big Stone Gap

This story picks up with the characters from Big Stone Gap as Ave Maria learns how to make marriage work. The same characters are present, and the same emotions are raised with the reader. If you liked Big Stone Gap read Big Cherry Holler.

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The Entire

I really loved this series and each of the characters in it. Maybe it's because I know that area of the country well and have been to Big Stone Gap and attended the University of Tennessee. Thus I could relate well to the references to places and the discriptions of life in those beautiful hills. These books are warm and deep in a very "real life" way. The story is about real people's lives, not a lot of fictionally false twists and turns where all the loose ends tie neatly together in the end. I especially enjoyed hearing the author read the first 3 books in the series. "Big Cherry Holler" is the second in the series and I recommend you start with "Big Stone Gap and follow with this book, then "Milk Glass Moon" and finally "Home to Big Stone Gap." If you like stories that relate to most of our lives and relationships, you will love these books.

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  • Joanna
  • Shingle Springs, CA, United States
  • 10-16-04

Good Listening

Had mixed emotions on this one. A bit weaker stories than the others.