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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adriana Trigiani Narrator: Adriana Trigiani Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Big Stone Gap Series Release Date: May 2001 ISBN: 9780739300435
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Big Cherry Holler, the extraordinary sequel to Big Stone Gap, takes us back to the mountain life that enchanted us in Adriana Trigiani’s bestselling debut novel. It’s been eight years since the town pharmacist and longtime spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her new found belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria makes a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she didn’t count on was that fate, life, and the ghosts of the past would come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband. The mountain walls that have protected her all of her life cannot spare Ave Maria the life lessons she must learn.

Big Cherry Holler is the story of a marriage, revealing the deep secrets, the power struggle, the betrayal, and the unmet expectations that exist between husband and wife. It is the story of a community that must reinvent itself as it comes to grips with the decline of the coal mining industry. It is the story of an extended family, the people of Big Stone Gap, who are there for one another especially when times are tough—including bookmobile librarian and sexpert Iva Lou Wade Makin, savvy businesswoman Pearl Grimes, crusty cashier Fleeta Mullins, and Rescue Squad captain Spec Broadwater, who faces the complications of his double life. Ave Maria’s best friend Theodore Tipton, now band director at the University of Tennessee, continues to be her chief counselor and conscience as he reaches the pinnacle of marching band success.

When Ave Maria takes her daughter to Italy for the summer, she meets a handsome stranger who offers her a life beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ave Maria is forced to confront what is truly important: to her, to her marriage, and to her family. Brimming with humor, wisdom, honesty, and the drama and local color of mountain life from Virginia to Italy, Big Cherry Holler is a deeply felt, brilliantly evoked story of two lovers who have lost their way and their struggle to find one another again.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janell | 2/9/2014

    " Just as good as the first in the series, Big Stone Gap. Further reading with characters and a setting I came to know and love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chriser123 Dittman | 2/5/2014

    " This is the second book of the Bog Stone Gap Trilogy. It is good but not quite as good or happy as the first book. I still love this author and her writings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 1/26/2014

    " second in the Big Stone Gap series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/21/2014

    " Liked this one better than the first in this trilogy. Still have to read the third one. Like this author though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 1/20/2014

    " This story of a marriage trying to find their way back to each other shows a family in crisis. One realizes the marriage is in trouble and the other doesn't accept it. What they do about it is the journey of the book. I've found I like Trigiani's work more than I thought I would. I read "Brava Valentine" first then started this series. While I expected all romance her characters are definitely more complex than that and you see soul-searching and them finding themselves without a lot of syrupy romance. I may try another 'valentine' book before completing the Big Stone Gap series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/18/2014

    " love learning about families and other cultures, relationships etc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 1/14/2014

    " Although I liked Big Stone Gap better, I thought this was a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this sequel to Big Stone Gap. Insightful and humorous. Ave Maria & Jack have been married for 8 years, but things are amiss. Ave has trouble with being entirely open to people. There is a wound in this family that they skirt around instead of engaging in the difficult process of healing together. Changes in work lives applys additional strain. Ave Maria and her daughter head to Italy for a family visit and what will become a large piece of self-discovery for Ave. Great characters, many LOL moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Fiazza | 1/12/2014

    " Another excellent story by Adriana Trigiani. Her descriptions as well as her weaving of the story is fascinating! Love the Italian-American tid-bits as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Broughton | 1/11/2014

    " I had a harder time loving Ave as much as I did in the first book. Her character development was a little annoying to me, but overall still liked it a lot for the same reasons...easy, neat and clean happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lary | 12/19/2013

    " so stinkin' good! as good as the first one, i read it in a day. love this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bellap74 | 12/13/2013

    " Another brilliant book from Trigiani, filled with characters you care about and a story that you want to get wrapped up in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna | 12/12/2013

    " This book delves deeper into the characters of it's predecessor. Another winner for this talented author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashton | 12/2/2013

    " Not as much as I liked Big Stone Gap, but this one was still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Fariel | 11/15/2013

    " The continuing story of Ave Maria in Virginia rural Appalacia - here daughter Etta, is now 8 and Ave has put aside her summer trip to Italy to concentrate on her marriage to Jack Mac Chesney. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 10/8/2013

    " Liked it much better the second time around. I think I was a newlywed when I first read it and didn't quite understand the feelings of the characters. Well written. Definitely a great followup in the Big Stone Gap series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 8/15/2013

    " I love Adriana Trigiani's writing and this series. But I'm still confused..... Did Jack Mac cheat or not? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 8/1/2013

    " I read a lot of books and it's rare that I just stop reading one. I don't think I even made it to the half way point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mollie *scoutrmom* | 7/10/2013

    " Same weaknesses and strengths as mentioned in my review of the first book in the series, Big Stone Gap. It was nice to find all our old friends continuing into this book. A pleasant read, nothing dramatic, a bit preachy on family values but not very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 7/8/2013

    " Sometimes sequel disappoint, but not this one. She manages to take an angle in their lives that you find interesting and quite relatable. I think she has such a great way of describing the thoughts and feelings of everyday life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 6/26/2013

    " book 2 in the trilogy, love it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guna | 12/24/2012

    " This follows Big Stone Gap. Trigiani continues the story of Ave Maria Mulligan, an Italian in Appalachia. We follow her late marriage, and its near-dissolution, with Ave's flirtation on her trip to Italy. This is a great series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 11/18/2012

    " LOVE LOVE LOVE this book series! I can read them over and over and over "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hendo | 11/12/2012

    " 2nd in a series. Good continuation of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 11/11/2012

    " One of those after-the-happy-ending stories, where real life intrudes. I loved the band director friend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margery | 10/6/2012

    " Not very imaginative - too formulaic - don't bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 12/30/2011

    " Won't read another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 9/24/2011

    " Great continuance of the story about Ave Maria. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 6/18/2011

    " I love this series and how she makes the characters seem so real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 5/19/2011

    " It was nice change of pace from Cutting for Stone and had some insights into human relationships. It would have been better if she had said more about herself so we could understand what her problems were. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 5/3/2011

    " Great continuance of the story about Ave Maria. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 4/28/2011

    " Kind of a fluff read...good escape or beach book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/18/2011

    " I just realized I read this book a few years ago and hadn't listed it here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 3/7/2011

    " It kept my attention. Had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/20/2011

    " More of the same great characters from the first in the series, and I did enjoy the story though not all of it's turns. It seemed to rush through some of the heavier stuff, but it was a good follow up to Big Stone Gap. Iva Lou is still my favorite character, followed by Jack. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 1/29/2011

    " Second of a trilogy. Not as good as some of her other books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/20/2011

    " I liked this book but not as much as the first. It had some infidelity issues that I didn't care for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 1/18/2011

    " Not as good as the first book. I didn't like that all the marriage problems were blamed on the wife--too biased. And it took until almost the end to finally tell what their little boy died of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/9/2011

    " Liked this even better than the first one. Of course I've always wanted to visit Italy, just need to make sure Garrick goes:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/8/2011

    " The story of Ave Maria and her family continues. You just fall in love with everyone from Big Stone Gap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/8/2011

    " Loved the whole series. The characters are quirky, interesting, and endearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 1/5/2011

    " I'm usually skeptical about sequels... But this one was well worth the read. I read it in one day too! Will be reading the 3rd book in this trilogy soon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanmom | 1/5/2011

    " Interesting to find a series of books that combines the cultures of Appalachia and Italy. Interesting writing style. Second in the series I've read (first was Big Stone Gap). Some unique mountain folk characters. But Fannie Flagg does it better. "

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About the Author
Author Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, she also wrote the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table and the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. Her books have been published in thirty-six countries around the world. She has written and will direct the big screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.