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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,474 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adriana Trigiani Narrator: Adriana Trigiani Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with the novels of the New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani. In Home to Big Stone Gap, she tells her most powerful story yet, full of humor and heart, wisdom and hope.

Nestled in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the town of Big Stone Gap has been home for Ave Maria Mulligan Machesney and her family for generations. She’s been married to her beloved Jack for nearly twenty years, raised one child and buried another, and run a business that binds her community together, all while holding her tight circle of family and friends close. 

But with her daughter, Etta, having flown the nest to enchanting Italy, Ave Maria has reached a turning point. When a friend’s postcard arrives with the message “It’s time to live your life for you,” Ave Maria realizes that it’s time to go in search of brand-new dreams. But before she can put her foot on the path, her life is turned upside down. 

Ave Maria agrees to helm the town musical, a hilarious reunion of local talent past and present. A lifelong friendship collapses when a mysterious stranger comes to town and reveals a long-buried secret. An unexpected health crisis threatens her family. An old heartthrob reappears, challenging her marriage and offering a way out of her troubles. An opportunistic coal company comes to town and threatens to undermine the town’s way of life and the mountain landscape Ave Maria has treasured since she was a girl. Now she has no choice but to reinvent her world, her life, and herself, whether she wants to or not. 
Trigiani is at her best in this exquisite page-turner. Home to Big Stone Gap is an emotional and unforgettable journey that reminds us that you can go home again and again. 

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amelia | 2/17/2014

    " I had a lot of fun reading this book. I really liked the characters, they were down to earth and easy to relate to. It took me about half way through the book to really get into it, but once I was into it, I couldn't put it down. Another small southern town book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Kay | 2/16/2014

    " I started the Big Stone Gap trilogy (and you will see that I committed and read all three) because I really enjoy Adriana's Valentine books (Very Valentine and Brava Valentine). This story still has a central female character trying to find her fit in the world, but is very different as it is set in the mountains of West Virginia, starting in the late 60s. Ave Maria is the main character and the story begins by her learning something quite new about herself after the death of her Mother. I love all of the characters and found the story satisfying to read and was interested in learning more. I was a bit disappointed in Ave Maria's lack of observing the obvious, but maybe things are move obvious to the reader as we are on the outside. A good story to pass the time, but not riveting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/4/2014

    " I've tried and tried...but can't seem to get all the way through this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ryanne | 2/4/2014

    " I'm from near where this book was set in the Appalachian hills of southwest Virginia. I loved this book for it's believable characters and great story. Highly recommend this! "

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