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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

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Christine
  • Earlham, IA, United States
  • 10-10-15

Absolutely loved this book!

I thought the story line was engaging. Great characters! I look forward to reading the other books I the series very soon.

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Fallen for Big Stone Gap

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. The authors performance was incredible! Her voice and the theatrics really painted vivid imagery that made me feel like I was in Big Stone Gap in the late 70s. I was there and I fell in love with Ava Maria. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. *spoiler alert* at the end of this book Adriana Trigiani does a 10 min interview and there's a little bit given away about the rest of the books in the trilogy. I'm hoping it wasn't too big of a spoil but I couldn't stop listening to her talk so I had to hear it. Great listen!

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The characters are wonderful!

This is my first time reading/hearing any of Ms Trigiani's books. I enjoyed it a lot, but really had trouble getting into her narration at the beginning. It had a strident twang and moved too slowly. Either I got used to it or she picked up the pace a little as the book moved along.

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I Love This Book!

Would you consider the audio edition of Big Stone Gap to be better than the print version?

Yes. Being read by the author gives it an authenticity that would be difficult to get from print.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Theodore - He's just so nice, but really hard to figure out

Which scene was your favorite?

When Ave and Jack Mack finally understand eachother

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

The Ancient Art of Chinese Face Reading

Any additional comments?

I listened to the abridged version years ago, but I just LOVE this version because it gives a lot more detail and back story about the characters.

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Lovely story...

Please listen to this!! You will feel as if you have become friends with the characters - especially Ave Maria.

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Thorough enjoyment

We listened to this wonderful book On the way to western North Carolina. In our car were four women ranging from about 50 - 97 years of age. It would be impossible to choose who enjoyed it more. Thanks Adriana for a great gift of shared pleasures.

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Good book

Enjoyed this listen, can't wait to see the movie!!!! Took me back to my roots.

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Would you listen to Big Stone Gap again? Why?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The love story.

Which scene was your favorite?

When she was waiting on the porch and he got home.

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

Pretty much

Any additional comments?

Why would you add an interview at the end of this book that reveals the twists of the next? That was such a bummer.

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Fabulous! But don't listen to the author talk at the end!

I loved this book and was so looking forward to listening to all 3. I'm disappointed that the author talked about the next two books and told me what was going to happen. Of course, I'm still going to listen, but I'm now unsure of listening to the second story.

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LOVE IT!

I just love my friends Ave Maria & Jack Mack from Big Stone Gap! Thank you!