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Home to Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap Novels) Hardcover – Large Print, 31 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing; Lrg edition (31 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739326813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739326817
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,605,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Hilarious and romantic. I couldn't put it down- a real page turner'. -- Sarah Jessica Parker in praise of Big Stone Gap, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Seismic changes are about to take place in Ave Maria's life. Her daughter, Etta, barely eighteen, is married and living in Italy; the health of her husband, the gorgeous and ever-dependable Jack Mac, is failing and she has scarcely noticed; friendships she has enjoyed forever are under threat. And then to town comes a mysterious stranger, revealing a long-buried secret. Her world shaken, Ave Maria must face up to the past in order to build a new life for herself and for Jack

Written with humor, emotion and power in Trigiani's trademark style, HOME TO BIG STONE GAP is a true homecoming event. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Big Stone Gap leaves you feeling good, and is the kind of book that by the time you've finished it you really feel as if you really know the place and the characters. It has a great mix of humour and emotion (the odd tear was shed). It is not taxing, just a very enjoyable book. I read it over a couple of days on the way to work and it certainly made the journey go faster (I also just bought a copy for my Mum). As a reader who likes authors like Anita Shreve, I'll defintely be looking out for other books by Adriana Trigiani, let's hope she keeps writing!
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I bought this book and the sequel "Big Cherry Holler" on a whim and read both books in a week. I couldn't put them down. I loved them both in equal measure and found the main character Ave Maria Mulligan both lovable and irritating as she tries to sort out her life. Iva Lou was a great creation and Jack Mac has to be one of the most instantly fanciable characters in modern literature! I thought the author's ability to let us glimpse a portion of life in the Blue Ridge Mountains was exceptional. Any book that makes you laugh out loud and cry real tears has to be worth reading. Go on, spoil yourself!
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This book is just great. The easy style of the author makes this a pleasure to read. Nothing complicated, but you get to care about the characters. As a former mobile librarian I would love to meet Iva Lou. I feel for Pearl, and Jack Mac is my kind of guy!
A previous reviewer didn't like the homespun philosophy, but as someone who's been around for 50+ years,I know there's a lot of truth here
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Adriana Trigiani never disappoints. If you thought the Big Stone Gap trilogy was done, you were wrong! This is the fourth in the series of the life and times of Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney and she just gets better and better. I was glued to the book from the start, because as ever, A.T. makes her characters so utterly believable that you really care what happens to them. This installment takes them through further trials and tribulations that make you feel you are with them, cheering on from the sidelines, willing them to succeed, and at the same time realising that you are learning something about yourself and your own relationships. I hope she writes another, as there is definitely room for more!
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By Lucy Reynolds VINE VOICE on 15 Oct. 2005
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This is a beautifully crafted tale of life, love, and all that comes between.
In comparison to the later Adriana Trigiani books (e.g, Lucia Lucia), this one is a slower burning story which doesn't reveal itself immediately, but leaves you wanting to desperately read the sequel.
Ave Maria's is a normal, down-to-earth woman, who discovers that her life is not all as it seems. She is not who she thinks she is, and she goes in search of answers.
The real appeal to this story is the quirkiness of the characters, and how we all know people who are just like them.
It's feel-good stuff, with more than a pinch of heartwarming, and a little bit of joy too.
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This book is un-put-downable!I bought the 3 boxed set. I read the first of the three in two days & cannot wait to start the second. How to describe it - If you like the way 'sex in the city' is narrated i.e life & relationships through the eyes of one woman with emphasis on her own life, you will love it. Totally believable characters. I was there - this book will not disappoint.
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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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I bought this on a whim as I saw the third part of the trilogy, and was intrigued. This is such a great read. Ave Maria feels like a real person telling her story - she has a history of people who all add to the story, and add to her character. The townsfolk are not stereotypes, they have flaws and strengths, and secrets adding to the story's interest. You don't often read about pharmacists and librarians so it feels refreshing. Jack Mac was my favourite man - I can see him totally! But Theodore is a male friend, and such a good friend - yet the author also shows the problems of sex and friendship. The story is about family secrets, the feeling of being a spinster in your thirties, and the need for change in your thirties before you feel middle aged. It's spot on! Ave Maria is an Italian descendent, and for me, lit up the book with her Italian character - like Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. I read this in a couple of days, staying up late, and lying in late. I was annoyed I had to get out of bed to be honest. Can't wait to read Big Cherry Holler (and there's a sneaky start at the end of this book, so I NEED to read on!).
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