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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,840 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: July 2002 ISBN: 9780553756883
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Milk Glass Moon, the third book in Adriana Trigiani’s bestselling Big Stone Gap series, continues the life story of Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney as she faces the challenges and changes of motherhood with her trademark humor and honesty. With twists as plentiful as those found on the holler roads of southwest Virginia, this story takes turns that will surprise and enthrall the reader.

Transporting us from Ave Maria’s home in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Italian Alps, from New York City to the Tuscan countryside, Milk Glass Moon is the story of a shifting mother-daughter relationship, of a daughter’s first love and a mother’s heartbreak, of an enduring marriage that contains its own ongoing challenges, and of a community faced with seismic change.

All of Trigiani’s beloved characters are back: Jack Mac, Ave Maria’s true love, who is willing to gamble security for the unknown; her best friend and confidant, bandleader Theodore Tip-ton, who begins a new life in New York City; librarian and sexpert Iva Lou Wade Makin, who faces a life-or-death crisis. Meanwhile, surprises emerge in the blossoming of crusty cashier Fleeta Mullins, the maturing of mountain girl turned savvy businesswoman Pearl Grimes, and the return of Pete Rutledge, the handsome stranger who turned Ave Maria’s world upside down in Big Cherry Holler.

In this rollicking hayride of upheaval and change, Ave Maria is led to places she never dreamed she would go, and to people who enter her life and rock its foundation. As Ave Maria reaches into the past to find answers to the present, readers will stay with her every step of the way, rooting for the onetime town spinster who embraced love and made a family. Milk Glass Moon is about the power of love and its abiding truth, and captures Trigiani at her most lyrical and heartfelt.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/18/2014

    " In this book you see Etta begin to become her woman and see how that changes Ave Maria's life. Really makes you want to read the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 2/16/2014

    " I really like this author, and this book was my favorite of the Big Stone Gap series. It gives so much insight into mother-daughter and family relationships. I worship northern Italian heritage and thoroughly enjoy all the descriptions involving northern Italy as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fran | 1/30/2014

    " This third book focuses on Ave's relationship with her daughter and the loss of her son years ago. This is about her role as a mother. Ave has problems letting go and letting Etta be herself. She is trying to control Etta's life rather than letting Etta find herown way. This causes problems in their relationship. Ave often compares her relationship w ith Etta to her relationship with her mother and is disappointed that she Etta is not more open to her as a mother as she embraced her own mother. Etta's decision to marry someone in Italy instead of going to college is crushing to Ave and almost causes a permanent rift between her and her daushter; however, when Ave sees the joy that Etta shares with Stephane and the enthusiasm that her Italian family has for her daughter's marriage she goes along with the program and says nothing. She later finds that is the best thing she could have done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/30/2014

    " Another touching story. Hit a little too close to home as a mother of an only daughter and cannot imagine her growing up and moving out:) I've heard that's why you experience them as teenagers so that you want them to grow up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chriser123 Dittman | 1/26/2014

    " This is the third book in the Big Stone Gap trilogy. It is very good and finishes the story. Trigiani is a wonderful writer and seems to understand people's nature. She captures the personality of the characters so well. I always go to her new books when they are issued. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Riddel | 1/8/2014

    " A wonderful story about how change is necessary, and inevitable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 1/8/2014

    " Still a wonderful book, but not as interesting as the first 2. More focus on unruly teenagers and more predictable. Looking forward to the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Grosch | 1/5/2014

    " Third book in the Big Stone Gap Series. Devoured it in a matter of hours. Love the characters, love the cheesiness of it. Great summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 1/3/2014

    " These last two books have made me want to travel to Ita-lee! Fun characters, and stories. It makes me appreciate small towns again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnelle | 1/2/2014

    " I liked this as much as 1 and more than 2. I felt the story was easy to follow from the beginning and didn't jump around as much as 2 did. The ending was fun. I could stop here, but why when there's still book 4 to read!! Very readable author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmela | 12/28/2013

    " A nice follow-up. And it was nice to read about these people again. They are becoming like friends and I fear I will miss them when the series ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 12/13/2013

    " A lovely tale of a family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi Bumpus | 12/12/2013

    " Hello, old friend. It's been about 10 years since I read the first two books in this trilogy. Ready to go back and re-read them now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 11/14/2013

    " I liked it, but I skipped the book second book in the series. It was good though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger Leroy | 11/1/2013

    " Not her best. But alright "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 9/23/2013

    " The third novel in the Big Stone Gap series finds Ave Maria adjusting to life with her teenager daughter. The book was heavy on mother/daughter issues, but it kept things realistic. I enjoyed visiting the characters again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dot | 9/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book - and have enjoyed reading these books one after the other. Adriana Trigiani has a very light reading style and I enjoy sitting back and escaping into the worlds she has created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlies | 8/31/2013

    " There's something about the characters that Trigiani creates--they are very memorable. I've read all the Big Stone Gap books together, recently, for the first time, and the characters are sticking in my head. Good fun--great summer reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 6/9/2013

    " Somewhat less self-absorbed protagonist than previous effort. This one had almost too much about Italy (altho I LUV Italy!). The first one was the best of the 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 6/8/2013

    " Loved the 3rd book of the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigitte | 11/27/2012

    " I liked it but I wish I read this series in sequence! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 10/22/2012

    " Another good read, but I had to take a breake before I read the last in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 9/8/2012

    " I don't know what it is about this series, but I just get so wrapped up in its world! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 7/22/2012

    " I liked that the author followed the story through the major milestones in the lead character's life. It was easy to identify with her, and love all the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Eckstein | 6/3/2012

    " Delightful. Read it in one afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Spencer | 3/22/2012

    " I read the other books in this series - the first, the second and the fourth - a long time ago, and somehow had missed the third which is this book. Wish I had read it in its proper order! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooklyn Lowe | 3/12/2012

    " I enjoyed it, although it takes in a large span of time and tends to jump around a little bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 flajol | 2/29/2012

    " Didn't enjoy this as much as the first two, but I suspect it's was because the focus was on the daughter rather than the mother. So long since I read it that I can't remember the characters' names... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/7/2011

    " Another good book in the Big Stone Gap series. I enjoyed reading about Ave Maria and her evolving relationship with her daughter, Etta. It was nice to see how the characters are evolving over the years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabatha | 9/16/2011

    " This book you learn more about the mother-daughter relationship between Ava and Etta. It is fasinating to watch this women's life develop and change. The things that drive me nuts about Ava Marie are the same things that I count as my own weakness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luna | 8/28/2011

    " A must-read if you are a mother or soon-to-be. It is better than a parent's guide and really insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 6/8/2011

    " Still a wonderful book, but not as interesting as the first 2. More focus on unruly teenagers and more predictable. Looking forward to the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 5/26/2011

    " I didn't like this one as well as the rest of the series, but it was still good. I'm looking forward to the next (and I think last) one. "

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

    " really enjoyed this whole series and love Adriana Tigiani's books "

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

    " This is a book that I just realized I read and hadn't included here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 4/6/2011

    " 3rd in the series. The story moves along nicely and kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/22/2011

    " Adriana Trigiani was a pleasant surprise at the book store. I quickly ready almost all of her books. I liked this series only slightly better than the other series (Italian family in NY). "

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

    " my least favorite of the three in this series, but I do love the returning characters and the tying up of loose ends and the loyalty of this little community to one another. Some predictability and cheesiness, which I think decreased my enjoyment. a quick, light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lila | 1/25/2011

    " Liked it better than book 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/20/2011

    " Another touching story. Hit a little too close to home as a mother of an only daughter and cannot imagine her growing up and moving out:) I've heard that's why you experience them as teenagers so that you want them to grow up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/15/2011

    " I don't know what it is about this series, but I just get so wrapped up in its world! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/13/2011

    " A very nice easy enjoyable read. "

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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.