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Milk Glass Moon (Big Stone Gap #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  10,047 Ratings  ·  522 Reviews
Milk Glass Moon, the third book in Adriana Trigiani's bestselling Big Stone Gap series, continues the life story of Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney as she faces the challenges and changes of motherhood with her trademark humor and honesty. With twists as plentiful as those found on the holler roads of southwest Virginia, this story takes turns that will surprise and enthrall ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published January 9th 2002)
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The third book in the Big Stone Gap series. While I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, Big Stone Gap and Big Cherry Holler, I found this one to be just okay, a little better than average.

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
Sep 03, 2007 Cranky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first two in this series and liked them, but by book #3 is was sick of this character (Ave Maria) and her emotional crises. ENOUGH
Really enjoyed this novel, the 3rd in the Big Stone Gap series by Adriana Trigiani. Although I had enjoyed the first book in the series titled Big Stone Gap, I did not enjoy the 2nd book in the series as much. However, this novel was back at the same enjoyment level for me as the 1st book. I love the characters, Fleeta, the stereotypical redneck Southern woman, Iva Lou, the woman who loved men but had finally found true love with her husband, Lyle, Etta MacChesney, headstrong daughter of Ave Mar ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This was pretty much 3 stars....but I appreciated the ending so I am rounding up. I haven't read the other books in this series so I have nothing to compare it to.

I did the audio on this and the author did her own narration. I am not a fan of this at all. The author in this case wasn't completely awful, but she clearly can NOT do voices. It was hard sometimes to follow along on who was talking. She did try to place a noticeable pause between the different people when doing dialog, so that helped
Jun 18, 2012 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, Trigiani did not disappoint. As much as I disliked Jack Mac in Big Cherry Holler, I grew to love him that much more in Milk Glass Moon. Finally Ave Maria lightened up a little and I didn't find myself being angry with her reactions to the ever present life challenges. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down. It seems that all too often with book series, the author runs out of ideas or just can't quite live up to the first book; Trigiani and the Big Stone Gap series is not in that c ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Les rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first discovered Big Stone Gap, Adriana Trigiani’s debut novel, over a dozen years ago. It was the summer of 2000 and we had just moved back to Lincoln after living in Fort Worth, Texas for a few years. There’s a lot about that particular summer that I remember quite vividly, but it’s funny how memory eludes us. I would’ve sworn that I loved Big Stone Gap—so much so that I almost re-read the book before I started in on the second in the series—but as I look back through my reading journal for ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this series for a variety of reasons - I guess the first being that I can identify with the main character, Ave Maria - she is a pharmacist in a Southern town (although I live in a much bigger town than Ave) and she lost her younger child to cancer. The characters are finely drawn and they have become like old friends - Fleeta, Iva Lou, Spec, and the rest. This is the final part of the trilogy and it deals with the changes that Ave and her daughter Etta face as Etta grows up. Jack ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I originally read this book for my Book Club, not realizing it was the third in a series of four books. Milk Glass Moon made way more sense now that I have read the first two books and then re-reading this one. However, I would rate Milk Glass Moon the same as before. So far, I enjoyed the second book (Big Cherry Holler) better than this one and the first one (Big Stone Gap). In Big Cherry Holler, the characters had more dimension. Ave Maria had to come to terms with the loss of her son, her dau ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Unbeknownst to me, i read book 4 first...then when i realized that, i started with book one, and then continued on. This is book three, and probably my favorite of the whole series. (of course, it could be because i have grown so fond of all the characters by now that i really enjoyed the story, and conclusion).
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
Jul 14, 2010 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best series of books I've read in years. I think it has something to do with the fact that I enjoyed reading about Ave's depth of thinking...that sometimes works for her, and sometimes works against her. Yet, she has so many men and women in her life that help her to get beyond it (in this book, her daughter gets added to that list).

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
Mar 16, 2011 Barbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Ave Maria series. Such a comfort read - it's a lovely, warm-hearted book.

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
Nov 20, 2009 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series and love Ave Maria, Jack Mac, Theodore, Iva Lou and most of the characters in it; they are as real to me as the people I grew up with in my own little mountain mining town. Nobody gets into the heads, hearts, and flaws of her still-lovable characters like Trigiani. Granted, Etta is a bore, but bores exist in real life. I am so glad she wrote a fourth book, which I can't wait to read. I guess I don't want a fifth one, if she decides to write it, since the characters are ju ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Morgan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, books just don't need a sequel. Hunger Games clearly needed sequels. The Fellowship of the Ring clearly needed sequels. But Big Stone Gap? No. There was absolutely NO need for follow-up. Ave Maria is horrible in this book. She makes her daughter's marriage about her, not Etta. She tries to control Etta, which never works, and she's so unsupportive of Jack that it astonished me how he put up with it. There were no shocking twists or turns, no big moments that needed resolve, and certai ...more
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
3rd in the series, this book’s main focus is on the evolving relationship between Ave Maria & her daughter Etta. Etta is maturing into a headstrong young woman and making life choices that don’t fit with Ave’s idea of how she should live her life. This struggle of wills is handled with insight & intelligence. The novel jumps around between small town Virginia, the Italian countryside & New York, keeps it interesting. All the great supporting characters are back; at this point they se ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Big Stone Gap trilogy. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two. Ave Maria's daughter, Etta, is growing up and Ave Maria is facing the realization that all mothers experience--their children are becoming adults and growing away from them. And adjusting to that truth is hard for Ave Maria to face.
Mary Rank
Dec 03, 2014 Mary Rank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet little book about a mom who is trying to forget a few mistakes in her past while trying to keep her teenage daughter from going astray. The mom is also learning to let her daughter make her own decisions about her future.
Jul 18, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite authors! I read this series out of sequence but I still loved these characters and I feel like I know them. I would love to see a book on what happens to Etta and Stefano in their marriage in Italy. Just an idea for another book!
Sep 23, 2016 Marnea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the sequels that you love because you love the characters and want to know what happens to them. Alone, it wouldn't be so good. But I loved seeing where the characters went next. I enjoyed it.
Aug 05, 2015 Ina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have so enjoyed listening to these audio books. They make you feel like a part of their lives.
Mrs. Tongate
Feb 08, 2017 Mrs. Tongate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-lit
Oh, honey-o! I don't want this series to end. The author is an incredible storyteller and I'm lovin' the characters.

Favorite Quotes:
Page 54 "Pete Rutledge is like a good old movie that I return to in my mind's eye when I need a lift. I consider it Practical Fantasizing: when I'm being taken for granted or I get bogged down by drudgery, I can return to that field of bluebells and imagine what might have been."

Page 105 "My grand pap called it a milk glass moon, because the clouds give it a smoky
Milk Glass Moon is the 3rd books in Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap series. I flew through the first two books, started this one, and had to put it down for several months. For some reason it wasn't holding my attention. Am I ever glad that I waited for this book. I loved it. Ave Maria and Jack are the parents of a bright and impulsive Etta. I loved watching all three of them grow over the eight-year-span of this book. I also enjoyed watching the growth of other characters: Theodore, Pearl, and ...more
Nov 26, 2016 Frances rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Ave Maria is now trying to figure out how to mother a teenager who is bright, thoughtful and impulsive. Etta's also like and close to her dad, a relationship appreciated by but absent in Ave Maria's life. Ave Maria has to learn to let go and "redream."
Dory Drummond
Great! Love all her books!
It's been a while since I read the first two books of this series, and I'd forgotten that I really didn't care for the second book. When the library got this one in, I decided to revisit Big Stone Gap and finish the trilogy. Now I find out there is a fourth book. (I'm going to pass on that one.)

In book three, the main character Ave Maria is hitting fifty, still with Jack, and having a hard time dealing with the idea that her daughter has a mind of her own. The book spans about six years.

What s
Sep 21, 2016 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I think this is my favorite installment in the series so far. Trigiani is so good at describing true human emotions and the stuff life throws at you. This book covers everything from relationships to illness to raising a preteen and it's all delivered with warmth and laughs but while not shying away from difficult truths. I love the author's own audio narration too - it really adds a depth to the characters to have them narrated by someone who clearly loves them so much and can add inference to ...more
Susan Laddon
Dec 17, 2016 Susan Laddon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trigiani's expertise with transitions is enviable. Nicely nicely done; she takes her readers through huge swaths of time throughout the narrative, but does it so it doesn't seem too jarring. Although the main character Ave Maria can appear slightly histrionic at times, she's reassuringly human with all the foibles of a middle-aged woman. I truly enjoyed reading about her and everything that happens in her life. Trigiani handles the secondary characters nicely as well; a tad thin in terms of plot ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading a lot of very intense books lately and so, in order to give my brain time to recuperate, I decided it was time once again to visit Big Stone Gap, the small town popularized in Adriana Trigiani's beloved series. I read the first entry several months ago and promised myself I would come back for more. The second entry is not available for digital download yet; so I went for the third one, "Milk Glass Moon." I finished the book last night and it was everything I hoped it would be ...more
So, yeah, I gave this book 3 stars--but I feel I have to explain that rating a bit. I actually liked this book more than I enjoyed any other 3 star book, but I just didn't feel I could give it 4 stars. I gave he two books that precede this one the series (Big Stone Gap and Big Cherry Holler) 4 stars each and, despite the fact that I enjoyed this book, it just wasn't as good as the other two.

First off, this is not a stand alone book. If you haven't read the two previous books, this one will make

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
Cheryl, The Book Contessa
This book was just what I needed! 3rd in her The Big Stone Gap Trilogy series, Adriana Trigiani delivers a wonderful, 'feel good' story of the people in Big Stone Gap. Ave Marie MacChesnesy is the same age as me; her daughter is plowing through her teenage years, just as my son is; her friends' lives are changing too. All of these things affect Ave in profound ways. She is afraid to blink, as some things in her life change too quickly for her liking. She, of course, struggles to be the best pare ...more
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Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for sixteen bestsellers, including the instant New York Times bestseller, All the Stars in the Heavens, the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table. She is the award-winning filmmaker o ...more
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