Big Cherry Holler, the extraordinary sequel to Big Stone Gap, takes us back to the mountain life that enchanted us in Adriana Trigiani's best selling debut novel. It's been eight years since town pharmacist and longtime spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her newfound belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria has made a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she hasn't counted on is that fate and the ghosts of the past will come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband.
Big Cherry Holler is the story of a marriage, revealing the deep secrets, the power struggle, the betrayal, and the unmet expectations that can exist between husband and wife. But it is also the story of a community that must reinvent itself as it comes to grips with the decline of the coal-mining industry and of an extended family, the people of Big Stone Gap, who are there for one another, especially when times are tough.
When Ave Maria takes her daughter to Italy for the summer and meets a handsome stranger who offers her a life beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains, she is forced to decide what she really wants. Brimming with humor, wisdom, and honesty, and the drama and local color of the 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 each other again.
©2001 by Adriana Trigiani; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.