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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,460 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adriana Trigiani Narrator: Adriana Trigiani Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Big Stone Gap Series Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9780449011508
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture written and directed by Adriana Trigiani, starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia, and Jenna Elfman
 
Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with the small town of Big Stone Gap, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and the story of its self-proclaimed spinster, Ave Maria Mulligan. In the series’ enchanting debut, Ave Maria reaches her thirty-fifth year and resigns herself to the single life, filling her days with hard work, fun friends, and good books. Then, one fateful day, Ave Maria’s past opens wide with the revelation of a long-buried secret that will alter the course of her life. Before she knows it, Ave Maria is fielding marriage proposals, trying to claim her rightful inheritance, and planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy—one that will change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Full of wit and wonder, hilarity and heart, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book, and one that you will share with friends and family for years to come.
 
Praise for Big Stone Gap
 
“Charming . . . Readers would do well to fall into the nearest easy chair and savor the story.”USA Today
 
“Delightfully quirky . . . chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists.”People
 
“[A] heartfelt tale . . . In an anecdotal style reminiscent of Fannie Flagg, Adriana Trigiani engagingly captures a slice of small-town America.”—San Jose Mercury News


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Quotes & Awards

  • “As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday served with Ave Maria’s specialty: freshly baked oatmeal cookies.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Big Stone Gap’s strength lies in its characters, and Trigiani’s debut novel holds no pretense. It’s a story of simple people with complex emotions…Big Stone Gap is as mouthwatering as fried chicken and biscuits!”USA Today

  • “Like a cold soda on a hot summer day: light and refreshing…Trigiani brings the story alive with her flexible vocal inventions. Fans of true love stories and happy endings certainly won’t be disappointed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Delightfully quirky . . . Chock full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists. People (Book of the Week)
  • AS COMFORTING AS A MUG OF CHAMOMILE TEA ON A RAINY SUNDAY. The New York Times Book Review
  • CHARMING . . . READERS WOULD DO WELL TO FALL INTO THE NEAREST EASY CHAIR AND SAVOR THE STORY. USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 2/16/2014

    " l loved this trilogy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Helman | 2/16/2014

    " I can realate to Ava when I feel overwhelmed and fear I will slip into a month long sleep! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marilynn | 1/25/2014

    " Awful book. Did not finish it. Tossed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hendo | 1/21/2014

    " I don't remember reading this, but I know I did; I liked it. Seems like it was simple and sweet. "

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

    " I am so sick of female characters who are confused with their lives and themselves and have to stomp off when someone is trying to tell them something. I think miscommunication is a weak plot point and this book would have been better if the author had the balls to give the main character some balls as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mama | 1/11/2014

    " I loved this story. Elizabeth Taylor visits the town and the main character meets her father and extended family from italy. Read more by her! Light butgood "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/9/2014

    " I loved this book! The story was wonderful and many times I would find myself smiling and laughing with the story. I highly recommend it. Being originally from Wise County, Virginia (Big Stone Gap's location), the characters and story made me feel like I was back home! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 1/8/2014

    " In the same genre as Fried Green Tomatoes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 1/4/2014

    " I really like this book, but I haven't read any of the others in this series. I going to have to get moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 12/25/2013

    " Thank you Alyson! I finally got around to reading this book and really enjoyed it. I liked the quirky characters, and the missionary brothers that did Ave Maria's geneology were pretty funny. I always like reading a book that makes me smile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen Mclelland | 12/20/2013

    " Truly a great read. You can lose yourself in this book. Small town America. Big hearts and big characters. "

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

    " Highly recommend! Love anything by Adriana Trigiani!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Williams | 11/29/2013

    " This is the book series that made me want to visit Italy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 10/16/2013

    " I like the heroine of this series: an Italian-American pharmacist with a friend who drives a bookmobile in the Appalachians. Easy to read and all the talk about cooking makes me hungry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Hilmas | 9/27/2013

    " Heartwarming story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deidre | 8/13/2013

    " This book is amazing! Not to mention that my grandfather is in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna | 5/28/2013

    " I just loved this book. The characters and the setting just come alive. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shopk68888 skaggs | 4/23/2013

    " Takes place in the Appalacia mountains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlei | 4/14/2013

    " I am going to read this again because it's been a while and there is now a fourth book. I feel the need for a recap before I dig into book 4, and I needed an easy read right now anyway! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian Walton | 4/8/2013

    " Fun, quick read. I really got into the main character and felt like I knew her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenalyn | 3/28/2013

    " I didn't particularly like the main character, so it was hard to like he book. The writing seemed fractured and disjointed and storyline was so predictable. Almost painful to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwenn Wright | 3/27/2013

    " I stayed up until 4 a.m. finishing this. it wasn't necessarily the writing, she does write strong characters and sense of place, I just like being in the Gap. And I'm smitten with that Jack Mac. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chira | 1/24/2013

    " This book was a fun book about a small town girl who dreams big. It's fun and easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Jane | 10/18/2012

    " Amanda's January 2009 book club pick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 8/28/2012

    " A national bestseller, this book is about a woman who was raised in a tiny Appalachian mining community by her Italian mother, and all the quirky characters who are a part of her life. Really good! I would read other books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 7/21/2012

    " I really enjoyed this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty Throop | 7/4/2012

    " This series has definately sparked my desire to visit Italy! Loved these books, their characters, and the real life stories they gave. "

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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.