The main character of this book is Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney. In the first two books I really loved her character and her choices in life. This time I wanted to shake her more than once. Instead of the strong character from the first two books she seemed whiney and even shrewish at times, esp...more
The lead character, Ave Maria, can be a bit annoying, which made the series hard to read sometimes...but in this book, her "annoying" character comes to the realization that she is a pain...more
The timing in this story, of raising her daughter from age 10-18 was somehow not as appealing as some of the others, yet, an integral part of wha...more
Back Cover Blurb:
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 third novel. As she faces the joys and demands of motherhood, Ave Maria continues her life story with her trademark humour and honesty.
Reaching into the past to find answers to the present, Av...more
From back cover:
"Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney was never a devotee of tarot cards and crystal balls. But when the fortune-teller at the county fair suggests she "redream" her life, Ave Maria figures maybe a little redirection is in order. After all, her daughter has hit every parent's nightmare: puberty. Ave Maria used to think that motherhood was life's one permanent job, but not...more
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 fro...more
I really have grown to love these characters and at times I laughed out loud and I cried and I really felt a loss.
I Love the relationship between Ave and Jack Mac. I love their total opposite views on everything and the dynamic between them and their daughter etta.
I like how Trigiani has written Etta. A regular smart girl, yet still gets into trouble and has the typical teenage angst and rebellion at times.
I also appreciate the e fact that et...more
Glad there was clarification on Jack and Karen Bell. I didn't think he would go too far in the cheating relationship. In the last story, he brought the cat to the airport for Etta when she came back from "Itlee". Someone that thoughtful and caring of a daughter couldn't be someone who would break up his home...more
The dynamics are moving and insights are shared at almost every turn of the page. I really enjoyed getting to know Etta...what a beautiful soul. What mother or daughter wouldn't be touched by what happens in this story. It seems that the daughter is becoming wiser than the mom at times which was irritating or maybe it was that Ave still hadn't sold ou...more
This book is spread over a number of years and shows the main characters developing and learning more about themselves and others. Ave Marie's daughter Etta is a main focus of this book. We learn so much about the mother daughter relationship. We see how important the role of each of her parents play. Adriana Trigiani takes the readers on another trip through Italy. We read about the family and their surroundings. Also the times...more
I rejected Trigiani's earlier two books in favour of this one that sounded more interesting. Then I figured out while reading it that they were a series of three. I'll probably go back and read the first two at some point now.
The story spans about six years as the narrator's daughter ages from twelve to eighteen. I really liked the time span. A lot of books cover a very short period of time, a year, or several lifetimes. I can't remember reading many books covering a few years like this. The aut...more