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Milk Glass Moon (Big Stone Gap #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  8,372 ratings  ·  420 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mary Rank
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.
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
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
I really would have given this one a 3.5 if I had the option. I still love this series but the difficulties that Ave Maria faces are starting to become redundant. It seems like she continually faces the same trials within her marriage without ever making any progress, for better or worse (no pun intended). That is not to say that the book isn't completely worth reading just to keep up with Fleeta, Speck, Iva Lou, and the rest of the wacky bunch populating Big Stone Gap. I wouldn't have missed th ...more
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.
This is the only Big Stone Gap book I've read but I really liked it. We follow Ave Maria's life with husband Jack, daughter Etta, and a group of close friends for 5 years. In that time Etta goes from 13 to 18 and alternately thrills and disappoints her mother. A mother's heart is ripped out when her child makes a decision that you know is going to alter her future forever and she's too young to know it yet. Good southern story.
However, I reiterate what I've said in some other books - authors sh
Betty Strohecker
Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney's story continues in this third book of the Big Stone Gap series. With her daughter growing into a young woman, the mother daughter relationship changes, and both must work to find a comfortable ground with each other. At the same time there are challenges to face with her husband Jack, their beloved town, and the friends and neighbors met in the earlier books. The story travels from southwest Virginia to the Italian Alps to New York as each situation unfolds.

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
Etta is growing up! This third installment of the Big Stone Gap series made me sad, yet happy at the same time. Ave and Jack Mack have come a long way in their marriage, and have settled into a life at the center of Big Stone Gap. Jack Mack has aspirations beyond Big Stone Gap, but Ave seems very comfortable in her current life. In this book, Etta goes through the teen years to graduate from college. These are tough years for Ave as she copes with a daughter who is nothing like her, but has all ...more
This is the last novel in the 'Trilogy'. Wonderful, wonderful novels which are filled with down to earth characters.

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
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

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
Joan Roll
The author Adriana Trigiani again read this third book in the Big Stone Gap Series. I enjoyed following the tumultuous mother/daughter relationship of Ave Maria and Etta as Etta proceeds through her teenage years. The community of familiar townspeople also returns in this book and just as in real life their lives develop and change. But of all of the book's characters, Ave Maria must adapt to the greatest changes. I look forward to listening to Home to Big Stone Gap to conclude this series .
another really good book in the Big Stone Gap series.

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
I stumbled on this series and just loved the first book. It met me right where I was. This third in the series was a comfortable return to the rythm of life. Highs and lows are the nature of things and the challenge of raising a teen was a nice addition. I was surprised that Ave was still toying with her fantasy love life. I guess it made her more realistic. The twist at the end of the story was supremely sweet and romantic, but it made me sad because I know that life is hard and marriage is ha ...more
This third book focuses on Ave's relationship with her daughter and the loss of her son years ago. This is about her role as a mother. Ave has problems letting go and letting Etta be herself. She is trying to control Etta's life rather than letting Etta find herown way. This causes problems in their relationship. Ave often compares her relationship w ith Etta to her relationship with her mother and is disappointed that she Etta is not more open to her as a mother as she embraced her own mother. ...more
This third instalment in the Big Stone Gap series I found a little better than the first two. We join in with Ave as she deals with the relationship she has with her daughter and we look back on the loss of her son. She tries to control Etta’s life in this one and although I may not agree with how she deals with some of the situations, I enjoyed seeing how it all played out. I thought this series though would finish at the end of the trilogy only to get to the last page and see there is another ...more
Library Request on Audio. It was a very tame book, no angst no major wrench thrown in to cause marital issues between jack and his wife. It was actually to tame really. But I did get through it. Hope the last book instalment in the series is better, I was Pete and Ave to have a chance to develop a great love story in there second half go there life.
This is just a good series that makes you appreaciate the people you love. This one focuses on Ava Marie in her early fifties as she is dealing with her daughter's teenage years, some illness and even death amongst her friends. Aging is scary, but she handles it with her normal honesty. I find myself speaking in the same cadence as these books are written for a few days after I read them...short, declarative sentences.
Started the series with this one thinking it wouldn't matter. Half way through, I stopped and read the previous book. Then went back to this one. Doing this helped the story make more sense.

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
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Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for 15 bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; Rococo; and the Valentine series. She is also the author of the Viola series for young adults and the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table. She was an award-winning writer/producer of The Cosby Show and A Differen ...more
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