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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Eight years have passed since Ave Maria Mulligan married Jack Mac, moved up into the hills, and dug her roots in even deeper. But Ave Maria soon discovers that the mountains cannot shelter her from the painful lessons of the heart. As her life reaches a crossroads, almost everybody in town has advice to offer?including the Bookmobile's self-appointed sexpert Iva Lou Wade, savvy pharmacy owner Pearl Grimes ("a very mature twenty-four"), crusty chain-smoking cashier Fleeta, and of course, the always-wise band director Theodore Tipton, now unofficially "out" and about. But when Ave Maria takes her daughter to Italy for the summer, her passion for a seductive stranger will test her marriage — and push her to choose the man who is truly her destiny.

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"Trigiani is a wonderful storyteller....Readers will enjoy Big Cherry Holler immensely." USA Today

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"Recommended...This novel of love and forgiveness delivers its story in a believable manner. Ave Maria remains someone readers would like to know, and Iva Lou, her librarian friend, still has her finger on the pulse of Mars/Venus relationships in this neck of the woods." Library Journal

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The beloved author of "Big Stone Gap" returns with the continuing story of Ave Maria Mulligan and the rest of the Gap's unforgettable townsfolk. "A big-hearted novel that alternates dollops of comfort with moments of folksy charm and stark poignancy."--"Publishers Weekly."

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani grew up in Virginia and now lives in New York City with her husband. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Big Cherry Holler is her second novel. She is currently at work on the film version of her first novel Big Stone Gap, for which she wrote the screenplay and which she will also direct.

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Melinda Ott, August 7, 2014 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
This is one of those times that I really want to use half stars again. I enjoyed the first book, Big Stone Gap, quite a bit and gave it 4 stars. However, I enjoyed this book more and, to me it is almost (but not quite) in the 5 star category. So, in my heart, this is a 4.5 star book.

While Big Stone Gap was a book about a love story, it did wade at least knee-level into the waters of self-acceptance. Big Cherry Holler dives right into that pool. In many ways, it is the story of what comes after "happily ever after," something that I can really appreciate.

While there is quite a bit going on in this book, it really centers around Ave Maria and her marriage to Jack Mac. They are 8 years in, a time when many marriages struggle. Now, add to that the fact that they are dealing with the death of their son (this comes up in the first chapter, so I'm not considering it a spoiler!) a few years prior. That is a huge mine field for couples and many marriages do not survive such a tragedy. Then, to top it off, Ave Maria is still dealing with the "self work" she started in Big Stone Gap.

I love Ave Maria more in this book than I did in the first--even though I wanted to shake her several times during this book. But she's human and just the sort of person I'd want as a friend--and I'd want to have her friends, as she has the most entertaining social circle around.

I will say it was stressful to read about the issues in her marriage, but when is that not stressful? I do wish that Trigiani had delved a bit more into Jack Mac's side of things--after all, it takes 2 to tango and it almost seemed like Ave Maria was doing a solo out there. But, this book is ultimately about Ave Maria so that isn't bothering me as much as it might in another book.

I also wish that Trigiani had either amplified or muted some of the little side stories. They were interesting, but there wasn't enough in there for me to really sink my teeth into. I think if she had either fleshed them out, or got rid of them completely, it would have improved the book.

All in all, I loved this book enough to spend surprising little time on the drawbacks. It's a story about real life, and that I can appreciate.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345445841
Author:
Trigiani, Adriana
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Mountain life
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Italian American women
Subject:
Big Stone Gap
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
fiction;virginia;appalachia;chick lit;italy;romance;family;novel;big stone gap;southern fiction;southern;relationships;marriage;women s fiction;american
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Big Stone Gap Novels
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
March 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 0.62 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 304 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345445841 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Trigiani is a wonderful storyteller....Readers will enjoy Big Cherry Holler immensely."
"Review" by , "Recommended...This novel of love and forgiveness delivers its story in a believable manner. Ave Maria remains someone readers would like to know, and Iva Lou, her librarian friend, still has her finger on the pulse of Mars/Venus relationships in this neck of the woods."
"Synopsis" by , The beloved author of "Big Stone Gap" returns with the continuing story of Ave Maria Mulligan and the rest of the Gap's unforgettable townsfolk. "A big-hearted novel that alternates dollops of comfort with moments of folksy charm and stark poignancy."--"Publishers Weekly."
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