Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap #1)
It's 1978, and Ave Maria Mulligan is the thirty-five-year-old self-proclaimed spinster of Big Stone Gap, a sleepy hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She's also the local pharmacist, the co-captain of the Rescue Squad, and the director of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, the town's long-running Outdoor Drama. Ave Maria is content with her life of doing errands a...more
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Since I chose this book it will come as no surprise to anyone that I like it. I like it a lot. Yet, at first glance, it doesn't seem my sort of book at all. Had someone outlined the plot, I might have rolled my eyes heavenwards and thought to myself "Mills and Boon" or, since it is set in a sleepy hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains, "Mills and Boondocks"! But I would have missed a delightful experience had I not read it. I think Ms Trigiani's strongest talent is...more
Ave Maria Mulligan lived in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Big Stone, Virginia. She had just lost her mother and had inherited a pharmacy business. She became a pharmacist and ran the store. She also inherited her mother’s house. She also got from her lawyer a copy of a letter which her mother left for her to read after her mother’s death. This letter indicated tha...more
Big Stone Gap is the story of 35-year-old town spinster Ave Maria Mulligan. The story is set in the small Blue Ridge Mounta...more
I was recently given three titles in the Big Stone Gap series, this being the first I have just finished reading it. It was so unmemorable that I did not realise that I had actually read it for the first time just over two years ago! I had felt that some of the scenes seemed familiar and had just assumed the same themes had been used elsewhere.
The story was rather slow at first and I wondered if I was going to enjoy the series? Nothing much happens in the...more
"I've made it my business to observe fathers and daughters. And I've seen some incredible things, beautiful things. Like the little girl who's nt very cute - her teeth are funny, and her hair doesn't grow right, and she's got on thick glasses - but her father hold...more
The place, a mining town in southwestern Virginia. The era, mid-1970s. Who, Ave Marie, the self-declared town spinster. Trigiani weaves a complicated tale of Ave, and her quest to find out the truth about her self.
The story begins with Ave, the town pharmacist and general do-gooder, heading up the town's theatrical productions, serving on the rescue team, and generally helping just about everyone in town with their challenges and crisis. Ave re...more
So secure is Ave Maria Mulligan in her position in life and in this community that she will go into a tailspin when things seem to change. These changes begin with a long-burie...more
As did the main character. I started out really liking her, but then I wanted to smack her. So she's single and thirty-five (can I relate or what?). And I get all her nerves about men and such, but then she gets two proposals (spoiler alert? not really). When she tells them both no, I was a little bugge...more
I love Trigiani's writing and this book was not a disappointment. I am sure that some people may get bored that all of her books are about Italian women living in small towns in America with exceptional detail to matters of fashion and clothing construction but these are clearly Trigani's areas of expert...more
*First read in 2003. Reading again for Book Club: March, 2010.
However, I also notice that now, when I've finished reading it and am loo...more