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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (17 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743430344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743430340
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her hilarious and heartwarming novels. Adriana was raised in a small American coal-mining town in southwest Virginia in a big Italian family. She chose her hometown for the setting and title of her debut novel, the critically acclaimed bestseller Big Stone Gap. The heartwarming story continues in the novel's sequels Big Cherry Holler, Milk Glass Moon, and Home to Big Stone Gap. Stand-alone novels Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, all topped the bestseller lists, as did Trigiani's 2009 Very Valentine and its 2010 sequel Encore Valentine. (Known as Brava, Valentine in the U.S.)

Trigiani teamed up with her family for Cooking with My Sisters, a cookbook coauthored by her sister Mary, with contributions from their sisters and mother. The cookbook-memoir features recipes and stories dating back a hundred years from both sides of their Italian-American family.

Adriana's novels have been translated and sold in more than 35 countries around the world. Trigiani's latest blockbuster Encore Valentine debuted at number seven on the New York Times bestseller list following its February 2010 debut. Valentine Roncalli juggles her long-distance romance, as she works to better the family's struggling business. A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Val from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she finds a long-buried secret hidden deep within a family scandal.

Trigiani's first young adult novel, Viola in Reel Life--the first in a series--debuted in the UK in early 2011. Fans fell in love with fourteen-year-old filmmaker Viola Chesterton, who moves from Brooklyn to a South Bend, Indiana, boarding school. In 2012, readers will delight in Trigiani's follow-up novel Viola in the Spotlight, as Viola and friends spend an adventure-filled summer vacation in Brooklyn.

Fans everywhere will soon see Adriana's work on the big and small screens! She wrote the screenplay for and will direct the big screen version of her novel Big Stone Gap. Adriana has also written the film adaptations of Lucia, Lucia and Very Valentine--which will be made into a Lifetime Original Movie in 2011!

Critics from the Washington Post to the New York Times to People have described Adriana's novels as "tiramisu for the soul," "sophisticated and wise," and "dazzling." They agree that "her characters are so lively they bounce off the page," and that "...her novels are full bodied and elegantly written."

Trigiani's novels have been chosen for the USA Today Book Club, the Target Bookmarked series, and she's now officially a regular with Barnes & Noble Book Clubs, where she has conducted three online book clubs. Adriana speaks to book clubs from her home three to four nights a week.

Her books are so popular around the world that Lucia, Lucia was selected as the best read of 2004 in England by Richard and Judy.

After graduating from Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana, Adriana moved to New York City to become a playwright. She founded the all-female comedy troupe "The Outcasts," which performed on the cabaret circuit for seven years. She made her off-Broadway debut at the Manhattan Theatre Club and was produced in regional theatres of note around the country.

Among her many television credits, Adriana was a writer/producer on The Cosby Show, A Different World, and executive producer/head writer for City Kids for Jim Henson Productions. Her Lifetime television special, Growing Up Funny, garnered an Emmy Award nomination for Lily Tomlin. In 1996, she wrote and directed the documentary film Queens of the Big Time. It won the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival and toured the international film festival circuit from Hong Kong to London.

Adriana then wrote a screenplay called Big Stone Gap, which became the novel that began the series. Adriana spent a year and a half waking up at three in the morning to write the novel before going into work on a television show.

Adriana is married to Tim Stephenson, the Emmy Award-winning lighting designer of The Late Show with David Letterman. They live in Greenwich Village with their daughter, Lucia.

Perhaps one popular book critic said it best: "Trigiani defies categorization. She is more than a one-hit wonder, more than a Southern writer, more than a woman's novelist. She is an amazing young talent.

Visit Adriana on Facebook or at adrianatrigiani.com

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About the Author

Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and now lives with her husband and daughter in New York City. In addition to being the bestselling author of BIG STONE GAP, BIG CHERRY HOLLER and MILK GLASS MOON, she is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jenni Doherty on 3 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
Genuinely warm and witty with an unforgettable cast of quirky characters, these internationally acclaimed novels, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, bring the idiosyncrasies of small-town America brilliantly to life.
‘Big Stone Gap’ is the story of a local pharmacist and self-confessed spinster Ave Maria Mulligan who has been keeping the townsfolk’s secrets for years. She is about to discover a scandal in her own family’s past that will blow the lid right off her quiet, uneventful life. Soon she’s juggling two marriage proposals and a family feud
‘Big Cherry Holler’ is the extraordinary sequel – eight years later, a deeply felt and brilliantly evoked story of two lovers who have lost their way struggling to find each other again. Ave’s past ghosts return to haunt her between the Appalachians of the Deep South and the Italian Alps. The third novel ‘Milk Glass Moon’ is about the power and truth of love, an enduring marriage, the joys and demands of motherhood, a daughter’s first love and a close-knit community faced with seismic changes. These highly original and hilariously funny novels are bursting with humour, honesty, drama and local colour.
Lovers of the book or film versions of ‘Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood’, ‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’ will definitely adore these feel-good, wholesomely honest and beautifully observed southern comfort tales. Undoubtedly some of the best books I’ve read in a while!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jill mansell on 11 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
I've recently discovered Adriana Trigiani's novels and love them to bits. I enjoyed this one even more than Big Stone Gap, and I didn't think that was possible! Her writing is charming, funny and makes you wish you could be there, which is my definition of a truly enjoyable book. I've recommended this author to practically everyone I know. Can't wait for Lucia, Lucia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maria1971 on 3 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
Following on from Big Stone Gap, part 2 of Trigiani's trilogy picks up Ave Maria's life 8 years after her marriage to Jack.

Darker, sadder but more honest and insightful than Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler faces up to the fact that

a) life isn't always a bed of roses

b) people often screw up

... but it doesn't have to be the end of the world when it happens.

NB: I'd ordered this at the same time as Big Stone Gap, and enjoyed reading them back-to-back, while the characters and `history'of Big Stone Gap was still fresh in my mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. M. Woodrow on 28 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book in a charming trilogy which begins with Big Stone Gap and ends with Milk Glass Moon. If you like character based books and don't need action car chases these could be the books for you. The books revolve around a small town in south west Virginia but move to Italy from time to time. They are the book equivalent of a 'feelgood movie'. Adrianna Trigiani draws you into this small world in a way that makes you feel as though you know the people in the book, and they are nice people with good hearts. I have recommended these books to many people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Krisztina on 14 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book really moved me. It is full of deep emotions and thoughts, it woke such feelings in me that I actually cried and had to put the book down (which may not be so with you, unless you have the exact point identical in your life and Ave's).
I do not think this book is unputdownable. It actually isn't. It gave me a lot of thinking about our family life, even if the characters are not alike at all, because in every healthy family the members must spare thoughts on their role in the family and in the relationships within. It took me something like a month to read it, I needed to take in all the thoughts it provoked in me, though usually I'm a quick reader.
If you care if you are a good parent, a good spouse, a good man, you will enjoy this book. If you just wake and work and bed, put it back on the shelf.
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By shelf on 6 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
This book left me feeling mildly disgusted and majorly frustrated. Ave Marie, unlike in Big Stone Gap (Trigiani should have quit while she was ahead with this series), is portrayed as weak, a pushover and spineless.

There are plenty of reviews describing the synopsis' so I'll cut to the chase (spoilers ahead). The bulk of this book focuses around two key questions: Is Ave's husband cheating on her? This question later changes to: How long has Ave's husband been cheating on her?

That's pretty much the entire plot point: A countdown timer into Jack Mac's eventual infidelity. This isn't just a question Trigiani presents to the reader, it's a question the whole TOWN is asking and mulling over. Ave's long time friends are pretty much: 'Honey, men need attention and you're neglecting your husband, you don't treat him right. If you don't want him to cheat on you/leave you for X, you'd better do something about it or else he'll murry her instead.'

Oh. Kay. Because Ave is responsible for the entire marriage, didn't you know? It's up to HER to treat her passive, expressionless husband like a king! To make him feel loved, to make him feel like a big man after he loses his job. When she starts working at the pharmacy again after his job cut, Jack acts buthurt over it and accuses her of making him feel like less of a man. His whiny patheticness coupled with her friends' disgusting advice on his impending affair tipped me over the edge.

But the best part? After Jack Mac does, finally, sucumb to the 'clutches' of the Other Woman (her friends' words), Ave, A DAY after the initial, rational 'how could you?' is all: 'God, you really love me, don't you? Thank you for loving me.' And that...well, that's that. Over, forgiven. He 'worked it out of his system.
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