Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap

A Novel

Book - 2000
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"FUNNY, CHARMING, AND ORIGINAL." --FANNIE FLAGG 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. . . .
Publisher: nyu Random House, 2000
ISBN: 9780345459206
Branch Call Number: FIC TRIG
Characteristics: 272 p


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Dec 09, 2017

I think I liked it most because of the reader in the audio version. The story was a bit silly and predictable but it was a good commuting book and I'll likely check out the rest of the series.

Jul 20, 2016

this was ok - some parts were very engaging, and others not so much.

Jan 28, 2016

Well done. There is a certain mysticism relating to Appalachia. I guess I am subject to this romanticized folklore. Enjoyable -

Dec 18, 2014

Big Stone Gap is one of those novels that makes you feel like you actually live in the blue mountains of Virginia and all of the residents are your friends and family. Humor, romance, family secrets and even a visit from Elizabeth Taylor (based on a real life visit to Big Stone Gap where she choked on a chicken bone while campaigning with then husband John Warner) make this novel a memorable one. This is the first in a series of 4 books - I highly recommend it!

Feb 26, 2014

Great story,great characters. Who knows what is around the corner and who from our past might change our future.

Jun 14, 2012

This is such a sweet enjoyable read, chalk full of great humour and wonderfully eccentric characters. The main one, Ave Maria Mulligan is okay but I prefer the supporting cast. Her best friend Iva Lou, a bookmobile driver & God's gift to men for one. Another is Fleeta, the chain-smoking pharmacy cashier who loves pro wrestling, such a hoot. The author’s choice of locale adds the perfect ambiance.

deborah2252 May 20, 2012

Quite lively, but predictable plot. Why is it listed as "teen" category book. Ms. Trigiani is wearing entirely too much lipstick in her author photo.

prkmbc Sep 10, 2011

May 2006

lilmisslibrary Jul 16, 2009

This is a really good series of books - they deal with life and love - and are just a good cozy read.

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