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Big Stone Gap

de Adriana Trigiani

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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. . . .… (mais)
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I'm not sure I would have given this book 5 stars had I not listened to it on audiobook read by the author. It was like a one-woman play! Trigiani sounds like Kathy Bates and is so fun to listen to! ( )
  Tosta | Jul 5, 2021 |
What a delightful story! While the plot is jam-packed with events and the stuff of life -- and the story could have ended earlier on its arc and still remained satifying -- it's as generous as an Italian nona with just one more plate of risotto for us to savor. The characters and the language are beautifully authentic. This is a very good read. ( )
  MMKY | Jul 3, 2020 |
I was searching for a book set in Virginia for a challenge and came across Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani, set in the late 1970’s. The main character, Ave Maria Mulligan is a 35 year old self-proclaimed spinster and the local pharmacist in Big Stone Gap, a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Ave Maria gets called over to the local lawyer’s office where she receives a letter from her recently deceased Italian mother. Her mother tells her the secret of how she came to America and who her real father is. Even though Ave Maria fills her days working in the pharmacy, volunteering with the ambulance squad and directing a local outdoor play, this letter leaves her with some unsettling questions that could change her life. There are plenty of outrageous characters and the locals of Big Stone Gap will leave you smiling in every chapter. I couldn’t stop laughing during the big production number the local residents put on for a campaign visit from John Warner and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor.

There was a touch more romance in this novel than I usually enjoy but overall it was a fun, fast read that kept me interested. This is the first book in the four volume Big Stone Gap series. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
This was such a poorly written book that if it wasn't the second novel by Trigiani, I would not have finished it. I loved The Shoemaker's Wife, and I kept hoping, in vain it seems, that this novel would suddenly become as interesting, and redeem itself. This did not happen.
I am also tired of female characters who are so confused about their lives, an themselves. They get mad at anyone trying to show them any affection because they are so disaffected, depressed or denial-ed, and take it all wrong, and stomp off. It's annoying once. This character does it twice.

Like another reviewer said, the author also attempts to place the book in 1978 rural Virginia, where Trigiani tells her readers in the first chapter of the book that the main character's mother came over from Italy pregnant, unwed, and without sponsorship in the 1940's. Given the USA's immigration policy of that time this scenario is quite possibly impossible.

The first 7 chapters or so are so dull that you could skip them and not miss much. The Character portrayal is flat. The development seems nonexistent, and all the miscommunications in this novel were a major weak plot point - and a huge turn-off. The plot is wandering and weak. And I felt a total disconnect with the characters, including and mostly the lead female. The Italians in it were WAY more interesting.

In chapter 10 when the main character suddenly decides that she's in love is unbelievable to me. She had been SO wish you-washy..! Why now...? Because "he loves you?" Seriously......?? Pfft!

The writting noticeably improves at the end of the book, but barely. I find myself wondering if the editorial staff has written the last chapters; or if not perhaps Ms. Trigiani was in a "Deep Sleep" as she wrote the first 200 pages of this novel.

In short if you want a well written, interesting, folksy book this is Not it. If you have to read this book...read the first chapter then skip the next 7. You'll save yourself a lot of time. I wish SO much that Trigiani had made her lead character have some balls. I won't be reading the other novels in this trilogy. I have way too many books in my tbr list for this. Especially since I was so bored, I had to force myself to finish it. And after reading such gems as Station 11, and City of Thieves, and The Dead Path, it was doubly a chore.

2 stars ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
It's the late 1970s in the small Virginia coal-town of Big Stone Gap and Ave Maria Mulligan, the self-declared spinster of town, is convinced that during her 35th year big and positive changes are coming for her. And while change does come, it doesn't seem all that positive to begin with.

This one ended up on The List after I read [Dear Fahrenheit 451] and while I can see the appeal of the book and get why the librarian author recommends it, I also can declare that it's not really my kind of book. I was initially worried it was going to be too Southern cutesie for me and while it moved away from that, I didn't find the town all that charming. I cared enough about the characters and the plot to read the entire first book but I don't feel compelled to read the rest of the series. YMMV. ( )
  MickyFine | May 29, 2019 |
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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. . . .

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