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Milk Glass Moon (Big Stone Gap Saga 3) [Paperback]

Adriana Trigiani
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7 April 2003 Big Stone Gap Saga 3
Transporting us from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia to the Italian Alps, New York City and the Tuscan countryside, Milk Glass Moon is the utterly enthralling story of a shifting mother daughter relationship. A daughter's first love, a mother's heartbreak, an enduring marriage facing its own ongoing challenges, and a community faced with seismic changes, all are deep at the heart of Adriana Trigiani's new novel. The third in her bestselling Big Stone Gap series, it continues the life story of Ave Maria as she faces the joys and demands of motherhood with her trademark humour and honesty. Reaching into the past to find answers to the present, Ave Maria is led to places she never dreamed she would go, and to people who enter her life and rock its foundation. MILK GLASS MOON is about the power of love and its abiding truth, and captures Trigiani at her most lyrical, affectionate and heartfelt.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Pocket Book Edition edition (7 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743450884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743450881
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,269 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.

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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Comfort Delights! 3 Feb 2004
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comforting read 25 Aug 2003
An excellent story of small town life with enough outside happenings to keep you enthralled. An easy read, but makes you think. Motherhood, illness and young love all brilliantly portrayed. A story of growing up, love and friendship. Not soppy stuff but good honest writing. Wonderful! True to life with circumstances that every one of us could find ourselves in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best glass of milk and cookie for your soul 14 May 2003
By A Customer
An uplifting book which shows the deep over analytical thinking of a mother and the lessons we continue to learn as we grow up.
It appeals on so many levels.
One of the best series of books..........I just hope there are more as by this point you have grown to feel like part of the family.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I read the first of the trilogy, Big Stone Gap on the Friday, on the Saturday I bought the second, Big Cherry Holler and on the Sunday, Milk Glass Moon. Suffice to say, I loved all three books. The story of town spinster Ave Maria Mulligan and "Jack Mac" is a winner - true to life in a small town and still totally enthralling.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Big Stone Gap grew on me! 14 Aug 2009
The final volume of Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap trilogy continues the story with all the wonderful characters from the previous volumes of life in Big Stone Gap Virginia. The main characters Ave Maria and Jack MacChesney are still facing challenges within their marriage. This time they are learning to cope with what happens as their daughter Etta turns from a child into a woman and their relationship with her changes.
It was a slow story to develop from book one but with the protagonist Ave Maria's development from spinster, to marriage and discovery of her Italian heritage I was left wanting to know how her life had changed by reading the next volume. Big Cherry Holler finds Ave Maria and Jack eight years later and it is a gentle continuation of the ups and downs of their marriage and is again set both in America and the land of Ave Maria's forefathers, Italy.
So to the third and I feel best volume continuing Ave Maria's life story as she faces the changing mother daughter relationship with Etta and finally learns about the power of love. Once again we are transported from the mountains of Virginia to the Italian countryside and this time also to New York City. We are also kept up to date with big changes within the community of big stone Gap itself, where time has changed since Ave Maria the local spinster first took over the town pharmacy from the man she knew as her father.
By the end of these three novels I felt I knew the characters personally and actually enjoyed the trilogy more than I expected too, liking each volume just a little more!

I think it is possible to read each of the Big Stone Gap novels as stand alone stories but I would recommend reading all three to gain a full insight into the inhabitants of this southern town.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book. Could not wait to finish 11 July 2014
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Beautiful book.Could not wait to finish it
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5.0 out of 5 stars milk glass moon 12 Jun 2014
By jp
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A used book in very good condition, I've just started to read it following the first two books of the series, i would definitely recommend this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Stone Gap trilogy 26 May 2014
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I read the previous 2 in this series & enjoyed all three. The books are a bit unusual but are easy reading & funny.Can't wait to get the fourth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 20 days ago by Sami
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Have already read this book from the library but wanted to purchase it to collect the whole series which I have now done. Thank you.
Published 7 months ago by Hazel Krzywicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Adriana Trigiani - Milk Glass Moon
Love all her books. This is no 3 in the trilogy - but there is still a 4th one!! Love the way she writes and the Italian link
Published 14 months ago by Jane Juliet
4.0 out of 5 stars Part of trilogy
Enjoyed this book which was part of a trilogy. The condition on receipt however was not as good as described having what appeared to be coffee stains on many of the pages.
Published 14 months ago by Larry
4.0 out of 5 stars like a cup of hot chocolate...Milk glass moon.
This is one of a trilogy which takes one lady and her friends on a journey through the teenage yearsof her daughter,her marriage and good friends. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mrs. P. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Milk Glass Moon (Big Stone gap part 3)
This is another lovely book by Adriana Trigiani that allows us to escape from the daily grind to a small town in America where people still talk, have family dinners and enjoy the... Read more
Published on 20 July 2012 by JulesF
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great tale
Every book by Trigiani has its own charm and this one is no different. The characters draw you in, the story has a comfortable pace and emotions that make it real and engaging but... Read more
Published on 24 May 2010 by J. Southern
5.0 out of 5 stars Last in a brilliant series
This book is the 3rd book of the series, (following from "Big Stone Gap" and "Big Cherry Holler"). I am so glad I read all 3 in one go. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2007 by Ladymoonlight
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read
I was expecting good things from this, as I really enjoyed the first of the trilogy - though I have to admit to not having read the second. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2005
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