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Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with the small town of Big Stone Gap nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the story of its self proclaimed spinster Ave Maria Mulligan In the series' enchanting debut Ave Maria reaches her thirty fifth year and resigns herself to the single life filling her days with hard work fun friends and good books Then one fateful day Ave Maria's past opens wide with the revelation of a long buried secret that will alter the course of her life Before she knows it Ave Maria is fielding marriage proposals trying to claim her rightful inheritance and planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy — one that will change her view of the world and her own place in it forever Full of wit and wonder hilarity and heart Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book and one that you will share with friends and family for years to come


10 thoughts on “Big Stone Gap

  1. says:

    If you haven't read and of Adriana Trigiani's books you MUST put them on your list and then make it a priority to read this entertaining series Although not imperative to following the plot I suggest reading them in order starting with this one The simple ups and downs of a woman living in a small Virginia town are delivered with charm and poignancy and I found her writing addictive I loved the characters and the setting


  2. says:

    I have a copy of this book I'd be willing to sellswap but it's covered with the dried flecks of my vomitNormally I just like or dislike a book but this book actually made me angry I wanted to like it popular book set in small town Virginia I like Virginia I miss Virginia I'd really love a good book set in Virginia Someone let me know where I can find onePartial list of things I hate1 The voice seems fake I know the author grew up in Big Stone Gap I know people in Virginia are out to whatever location they're at There's still something so fake andfakeabout the narrator's voice2 After I read a lot of it I noticed that the uoted blurbs on the cover are from Whoopi Goldberg Fannie Flagg Rosanne Cash I respect Whoopi Goldberg but if I ever get a book published I hope to have something better to put on the cover than Whoopi Goldberg liked it3 There's a reader's guide in the back I hate those And an interview of the author by a character in the book How smug clever5 A short passage from late in the book as we travel Italy with the narrator The people here are so animated; they raise their voices to make a point they use their bodies for emphasis; they are so full of life and comical It is no surprise that the commedia dell'arte theatrical tradition started here in the fourteenth century By the way this book has nothing to do with commedia dell'arte NOTHING6 The main character's behavior and motivations are beyond stupid A guy sells his truck to buy plane tickets for relatives to visit her and she doesn't know if he loves her Also the man she thinks she loves is ostensibly not gay but is gay but even the author seems not to know it Honey whoever you based this character on in real life is gay and that's OK but you probably should know that Writers are supposed to be perspicacious and all7 You know what never grows deep inside caves? ANYTHING including moss8 It was a best seller and led to a series apparently I think I'm going to vomit again


  3. says:

    I am so sick of female characters who are confused with their lives and themselves and have to stomp off when someone is trying to tell them something I think miscommunication is a weak plot point and this book would have been better if the author had the balls to give the main character some balls as well


  4. says:

    Just loved this book


  5. says:

    35 starsWonderful book about the life and times of a backward coal mining town in Virginia The author brings the characters alive Very funny in parts and then gentle tender and heart breaking in other sections It will take you back to a simpler time when doors could be left unlocked and peoples first thought was not what does he want?This is the beginning of a series One that is well worth the read giving a person a well deserved break from the hectic rush and the over whelming sense of threat in today's world


  6. says:

    35 Star Rating Fun light read with some good humor I am anxious to see the movie It has been a while since I read a book where I was rooting for a particular love match so that was fun This was a great filler read between all the heavy stuff I've been reading Nice humorous references to Knoxvillemy college town and home of my Tennessee Vols Update Saw the movie not bad but of course the book is better 21216


  7. says:

    I started this book with high hopes; I'd heard such good things about Trigiani's other books especially Lucia Lucia But I was than a little disappointed I found the writing to be trite and the characters' behavior too often inexplicableThis book is supposedly about how Ave Maria the town spinster of Big Stone Gap finds herself and finds love over the course of a year I suppose that she does but there were too many improbable things in the story to make either of her discoveries believableOne discovery that is believable after her mother dies Ave Maria is given a letter that her mother wrote and left in the care of her lawyer The letter explains that the man Ave Maria has thought of as her father who died many years before the story begins isn't and that her real father is an Italian man that her mother had to leave behind when she became pregnant So far fine Part of what results is that the family of her erstwhile father come clamoring for what they see is now their inheritance including the house Ave Maria grew up in and the pharmacy business she now owns and runs What does Ave Maria do? Rather than fighting this based on the fact that her father's will gave all of his property to her mother who then gave it to her although this is mentioned Ave Maria chooses to protect the assets from the grubbing relatives by transferring the whole thing to her 16 year old assistant And as if that weren't improbable enough she then begins to separate herself from the every day running of the business and leaves it in the teenager's capable handsMoving on At 35 Ave Maria is thought of by the town and by herself as a spinster She prizes herself on her independence although she wishes she could fall in love with someone who would want to marry her But when someone she's known since childhood suddenly proposes to her she says no thinking that he's only asking her out of pity or is playing some kind of trick on her this I found eminently believable because if someone up and proposed to me without any sign that they had any special feelings for me I'd feel the same way The man in uestion gets mightily offended but doesn't stop trying Unfortunately he also doesn't really do anything to demonstrate that he's loved her since they were children we don't find this out until much later So why should either we as readers much less Ave Maria believe that he's madly in love with her? Apparently all her friends knew he was in love her but we're not told any single thing that he did to demonstrate it What's they apparently knew that she was in love with him even though we're not told what she may have said or done to give that away And none of them will tell her what they've so sneakily observed Ave Maria does eventually feel all the love and they get married uickly and seem very happy Which is great Except I don't believe it


  8. says:

    Adriana Trigiani is hosting the National Literary Festival at St Mary's College Notre Dame IN on November 8 9 2019 This is a heart warming novel with a strong central character Ave Maria Mulligan She considers herself the town spinster but in reality she is just too busy holding everything together to worry about love even though it is staring her in the face Very charming and witty story I am looking forward to reading in the series


  9. says:

    I really enjoyed Big Stone Gap and was delighted to learn that this is the first in the series of novels featuring the folks of Big Stone Gap Virginia It is a feel good novel with a strong southern story line that includes Chinese face reading and a bookmobile Remember the bookmobile? Family secrets generous hearts self discovery A sit back and relax with a glass of ice tea book Perfect summer read


  10. says:

    This feel good story is set in the Virginia hills with a charming cast of small town personalities that revolve around the narrator one Ave Maria whose Italian mother had her out of wedlock and brought her up in bluegrass country So why didn't I give it a higher rating? Despite the exuberance of the narrator this is still basically a book with a plotline I hate Whiney bitch out to find herself Typical of these plotlines Ave Maria has at least one person madly in love with her to the point that the poor fellow sells his spanking new pickup truck in order to buy her an expensive surprise As usual I have trouble relating to the problems that push these personalities to the brink Okay her beloved mother has recently died and she has discovered that her stepfather isn't her real dad and she has a wicked step aunt lurking at the edges of the narrative trying to take her step inheritance away from her But honestly is this enough to make someone collapse into a seven day sleep? Not in my universeIn fairness I will say that Ave Maria's narrative voice is too exuberant to ualify as pure whiny bitch and she manages to give a lot to the community and people around her despite her preoccupation with herself and her apparent frailty when it comes to dealing with life Maybe it's because up until her mother's illness she hasn't had any real blows except for a gnawing suspicion that the man she thought was her father didn't love her The father issue by the way seems to be the underpinning of the whole narrative because she didn't feel protected by a father figure she cannot commit to love I think that is the other problem I have with this cheerful easy reading book Everyone in it is too darn nice and they all watch over Ave Maria waiting for her to come to her senses not just one village of Ave Maria admirers but two one in Italy and one in Big Stone Gap Ave Maria is the center of everyone's universe as well as her own and I found that plain irritating not to mention downright unreal