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Publisher's Summary

Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with the novels of New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani. In Home to Big Stone Gap, she tells her most powerful story yet, full of humor and heart, wisdom, and hope.

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.

But with her daughter, Etta, having flown the nest to enchanting Italy, Ave Maria has reached a turning point. When a friend's postcard arrives with the message "It's time to live your life for you", Ave Maria realizes that it's time to go in search of brand-new dreams.

But before she can put her foot on the path, her life is turned upside down. Ave Maria agrees to helm the town musical, a hilarious reunion of local talent, past and present. A lifelong friendship collapses when a mysterious stranger comes to town and reveals a long-buried secret. An unexpected health crisis threatens her family. An old heartthrob reappears, challenging her marriage and offering a way out of her troubles. Then an opportunistic coal company comes to town and threatens to undermine the town's way of life and the mountain landscape Ave Maria has treasured since she was a girl. Now she has no choice but to reinvent her world, her life, and herself, whether she wants to or not.

Trigiani is at her best in this exquisite novel. Home to Big Stone Gap is an emotional and unforgettable journey that reminds us that you can go home -- again and again.

Go home again -- don't miss the rest of the Big Stone Gap series.
©2006 Adriana Trigiani; (P)2006 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Funny, charming, and original." (Fannie Flagg)
"Trigiani is a wonderful storyteller." (USA Today)
"With her original cast of characters, playwright and television writer Trigiani blends playfulness and pathos in this evocative portrait of a small southern town." (Booklist)

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  • Jennifer
  • FIshersville, VA, USA
  • 11-09-08

Different narrator changed the whole feel

I absolutely love Cassandra Campbell which is why I decided to buy this 4th in the series with her narration. I had no idea how much Trigiani's twangy voice and upbeat energy and even the little bit of music was so much a part of these characters for me. I listened for an hour, but I deeply missed Ave Maria's voice from the first 3 books, so I gave it up and bought her version. I want to get the most out of this delightful series. I reiterate, I am someone who searches under Cassandra Campbell because I enjoy her narration, but it just did not work for me here. I highly recommend her reading of Trigiani's Queen of the Big Time. It was great!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Where's Adriana?

I didn't pay attention when I ordered this, but the narrator is not the author. For some that may not be a big deal, but in this case it is. I am working through the series and have enjoyed Ms. Trigiani's voice and character very much. This narration doesn't fit with the rest! Oh, the story is still a great story, but Iva Lou just doesn't sound right in Cassandra's voice!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 01-31-08

She Has Done Better

I have been a long time fan of Miss Trigiani's but this book was dissappointing. Maybe she has been writing about these characters for too long. I listened to the end because I cannot give up on a story.

I would highly suggest reading Lucia! Lucia! before this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

It reads like the author was trying to crank out one more book for this series and she filled it with recipes to meet a minimum number of pages.

It is a shame that the author didn't record this book. She read the others so well that she was a hard act to follow. This reader has done a nice job with other books I've listened to, but she just isn't right for this book. She is more southern than mountain and lacks a bit a cynical edge for the main character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Denise
  • New Tripoli, PA, United States
  • 07-12-17

NEW NARRATOR WHY?????

What did you like best about Home to Big Stone Gap? What did you like least?

TO be honest, I have just started the story and have no idea where it will lead, but the fact that Adriana Trigiani is not the narrator is SO DISAPPOINTING. Ms Campbell does not have the accent that I have come to love and associate with all the characters of the previous books. I will continue to listen, but with regret.

Any additional comments?

Re release with Adriana narrating

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bad Narrator

Would you listen to Home to Big Stone Gap again? Why?

After listening to the entire Big Stone Gap series this book is a let down. I love the stories and just wish that Adriana had narrated this particular book. This narrator pronounces words incorrectly, fails at her southern mountain accent and is boring. I highly recommend the book but only if you can put the terrible narrator out of your head.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love it BUT....

Love this series however Cassandra Campbell is no Adriana Trigani when it comes to narration. She does the "country" accent too hard. It came off as a southern accent and not Appalachian accent. It goes to show .. if you are not from this area then you have no idea how the dialect sounds. Adriana has Fleeta down perfect. I would have rather listened to the narrator talking in her normal speaking voice then listening to this southern "put on". Other than that she does have a "easy to listen to" voice. Just the dialect makes me cringe like nails on a blackboard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Story is good, narration is terrible.

I thoroughly enjoy the Big Stone Gap series. Adriana's narration of the 3 previous books is wonderful. This narration by Cassandra is forced. She obviously has never heard a person from the south speak because her southern accents fluctuate and edge on sounding British. If I wasn't so invested in the story, I'd stop listening based on the performance alone!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mandy
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • 12-07-06

Like listening to a cookbook

I was very disappointed. At least 30 minutes of this book was the narrator reading a recipe in it's entirety. While they might be very good recipes, in this book, it was obviously filler. It was as if the author was up against a deadline to submit the book and had to come up with a few things to add to the length of the book. It would have been better to leave the recipes out and stuck to the true story line.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Home to Big Stone Gap

I love all of Adriana's books and this one was even better with Audible doing the reading.