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Big Stone Gap

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Big Stone Gap is a southern novel that has the ring of truth, by which I mean its characters are bizarre, its story is hilarious, and that it hooked me on page one." John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Review:

"Funny, charming and original!" Fannie Flagg

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"It is one of my all-time favorite novels...unforgettable." Whoopi Goldberg

Review:

"Have there ever been more engaging late bloomers than Ave Maria Mulligan and her circle of doting, meddlesome friends? Adriana Trigiani writes with wit and grace about misguided romances and family secrets, and so very winningly about generous hearts. This urban Yankee reader found hours of bliss in Big Stone Gap, Virginia." Elinor Lipman

Review:

"I have not enjoyed a novel this much since Cold Mountain. The characters are exquisitely and richly drawn. Ave Maria Mulligan is so real, she is almost a miracle. The story is poignant without being sentimental, and funny without being mean, and the story, the people, and the place of Big Stone Gap have stayed with me long after reading the book." Rosanne Cash

Review:

"Delightfully quirky...chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists, this Gap is meant to be crossed." People

Review:

"Big Stone Gap is as comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday served with Ave Maria's specialty: freshly baked oatmeal cookies." Andrea Higbie, The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, in the 1970s. She has honed her storytelling abilities over a decade of writing and producing some of television's top-rated shows, including the groundbreaking Cosby Show. Trigiani is also an award-winning playwright and documentary filmmaker. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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Melinda Ott, July 7, 2014 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
This is a book that has been on my TBR list forever, but I pushed it up the queue when I found out the movie version (written and directed by Trigiani herself) would be out soon. Considering that I now have the following 3 books in the series waiting for me, you can guess that I liked this one!

Big Stone Gap is the sort of book that is a bit meatier than a "beach read" but definitely not as taxing as literary fiction. In other words, my ideal summer read.

There is a definite down-home, folksy feel to this book which appealed to me, but might not to everyone. The town of Big Stone Gap is chock full of characters, enough that I worried that I would start to get them mixed up. Luckily, Trigiani does an excellent job of developing even the secondary characters so that none of them are forgettable. I especially enjoyed the main character of Ave Maria. I could completely understand why she felt stuck in her life and her plans of leaving town made complete sense to me.

While one or two of the plot twists seemed to be a little too out of the blue for me, overall I found this a completely engrossing novel. And now I'm ready to start on Big Cherry Holler!
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lovewriter, March 19, 2010 (view all comments by lovewriter)
Not a bad book, but I just found it painfully slow. Wasn't really sure what the point of the story was, and it took a long time to gather steam and even then became only remotely interesting. I tried to read it several times and finally gave up on it. Fortunately, the author has written many books so I'm going to give one of her others a try.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345438324
Author:
Trigiani, Adriana
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Virginia
Subject:
Single women
Subject:
Mountain life
Subject:
Pharmacists.
Subject:
Big Stone Gap
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
fiction;virginia;appalachia;romance;chick lit;family;italy;southern fiction;relationships;southern;small town;contemporary fiction;novel;humor;women;american;italian-american;women s fiction;big stone gap;love story;pharmacists;love;adult;blue ridge mount
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Big Stone Gap Novels
Series Volume:
106-598
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.63 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 304 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345438324 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Big Stone Gap is a southern novel that has the ring of truth, by which I mean its characters are bizarre, its story is hilarious, and that it hooked me on page one."
"Review" by , "Funny, charming and original!"
"Review" by , "It is one of my all-time favorite novels...unforgettable."
"Review" by , "Have there ever been more engaging late bloomers than Ave Maria Mulligan and her circle of doting, meddlesome friends? Adriana Trigiani writes with wit and grace about misguided romances and family secrets, and so very winningly about generous hearts. This urban Yankee reader found hours of bliss in Big Stone Gap, Virginia."
"Review" by , "I have not enjoyed a novel this much since Cold Mountain. The characters are exquisitely and richly drawn. Ave Maria Mulligan is so real, she is almost a miracle. The story is poignant without being sentimental, and funny without being mean, and the story, the people, and the place of Big Stone Gap have stayed with me long after reading the book."
"Review" by , "Delightfully quirky...chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists, this Gap is meant to be crossed."
"Review" by , "Big Stone Gap is as comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday served with Ave Maria's specialty: freshly baked oatmeal cookies."
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