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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: October 2006 ISBN: 9780739319451
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/2/2014

    " This is the same author as "The Shoemaker's Wife". This story was a little lighter, but there are many similarities in the two stories. Enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy McC. Mc.C | 1/31/2014

    " I read this book for our McBain library summer book club. I would not have chosen it on my own, but it was enjoyable. Until the last 30 pages, I would have given it four stars. I read it in an evening and was enthralled by the characters and the plot until the end. Then the author chose to wrap up the conflicts in a pretty package with a perfect bow and the mood was broken. For me, it became just another chick lit romance instead of an intriguing look at relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariellen | 1/24/2014

    " Kind of a sweet simple story. I generally liked the characters, although the principle character got somewhat annoying after awhile. I will likely read the sequels. "

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

    " This was a lot of fun. The protagonist was interesting and the supporting characters were vivid and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee-ann Altizer | 1/19/2014

    " Great books...all of them "

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

    " Enjoyable. As a pharmacist wasn't sure how she could take so much time off as no one else can do this without the pharmacist on site:) Looking forward to the rest of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mara | 1/16/2014

    " 1st Adriana Trigiani book. Wanted to read the Shoemaker's Wife but it was out at the library, so got this instead. Ok, not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rory L | 1/13/2014

    " Loved it, hope the movie comes to fruition! I am Adriana Trigiani's newest fan...already started reading Brava, Valentine! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha Tabor | 1/2/2014

    " I adored this book, as I have everything that Adriana Trigiani has ever written. I want to read it again because it has been years since I've read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy Mosher | 12/27/2013

    " ooh, housewife trivial shit. sped-read cause I felt like I was wasting my time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 8/5/2013

    " Interesting characters, not the greatest writing or the wittiest, but mildly entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnkellybennett | 4/27/2013

    " My friend gave this book to me, and I just loved it. It is such a feel good book. The whole series is so good as is everything by this author. This series is one of my all time favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauralee | 2/14/2013

    " A fun summer read! The characters come alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/14/2012

    " It wasn't my favorite of her books. I found myself skimming through it in places because I found it very predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 10/23/2012

    " I enjoyed this book about a crazy place. Nice for a time when you need to relax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Eckstein | 8/16/2012

    " So enjoyable with great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Wells | 8/7/2012

    " A new author for me. I will read this series for sure, and think many of my friends will enjoy it also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennefer | 1/31/2012

    " I liked this book a lot. It took me a while for me to get into it, but once I did I just wanted to keep reading. I really love Trigiani's characters and I love that her books are happy and uplifting. I'm so glad there are three more books in this series. I can't wait to read them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lary | 1/25/2012

    " wow! my new favorite book! i was into it from the start but the ending was so awesome and perfect that i may have cried a little. a easy read, but so engrossing that you don't want to rush it. READ IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassy Young | 12/16/2011

    " A little taste of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Italy. Cozy read for the fall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzie | 12/10/2011

    " I found this book to be very humorous and easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Hadley | 10/18/2011

    " My book club was reading this novel and I really enjoyed reading this again. Makes me feel like reading the rest of the trilogy again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 10/15/2011

    " "Maybe I have holes in my socks, but there is a river inside me. I'm not lonely. Or desperate. Or one bit sad. I don't need to be saved! ... I am happy alone. I take care of myself. And it might seem dull to you, or pathetic, but what you think of me does not change my life one way or another." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia | 9/27/2011

    " I very much like this writer. She is so descriptive and makes reader feel they are with her. I'm happy with the ending, thank goodness - I wasn't sure it was going to happen! I'm anxious now to get started with her next book. Thanks to all who encouraged me to read her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 9/5/2011

    " Always looking for the next Adriana Trigiani novel. Love that she adds recipes to some and stirs in a lot of her Italian American upbringing into the story lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 6/25/2011

    " This was a little too "down home" for me. This author was recommended by a friend at the Library, but again, a little too predictable and "feel good"; not enough meat for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Are | 6/22/2011

    " The back was kind of misleading but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 6/20/2011

    " The more I think about this book, the more I like it. I liked the writing, setting, and characters. A great story of discovery and love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 6/17/2011

    " Really connected with this book, and I hope my Jack comes along! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 6/1/2011

    " I just loved this book. It takes place in the mountains of Virginia, but could have been in West Virginia. All the characters is so good. I can't see anyone not enjoying this book. I want to read more of Trigiani. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 5/27/2011

    " not keen on the folksy style at the start, warmed to the characters, but found the ending a bit Mills and Boon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/26/2011

    " can't wait to read the next book in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 5/20/2011

    " Well, its Whoopi Goldberg's favorite book, so what else is there? The character names annoyed me a bit but it was an incredibly quick read (done in 24 hours).
    I doubt I'll read the rest of the trilogy though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 5/16/2011

    " Loved this book! I felt like I was part of her life and was very disappointed when the book was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marikka | 5/12/2011

    " Nice female voice that ended slightly predictably, which isn't necessarily bad.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/29/2011

    " One of the best books I've read in a while. Memorable characters, great storytelling and a relatable heroine that you root for....can't wait to read the next one! (Thanks for recommending, Michelle!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 4/27/2011

    " I wish I could like her main character more, but the books still aren't bad. "

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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.