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Publisher's Summary

It's 1978, and Ave Maria Mulligan is the thirty-five-year-old self-proclaimed spinster of Big Stone Gap, a sleepy hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She's also the local pharmacist, the co-captain of the Rescue Squad, and the director of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, the town's long-running Outdoor Drama. Ave Maria is content with her life of doing errands and negotiating small details - until she discovers a skeleton in her family's formerly tidy closet that completely unravels her quiet, conventional life.Filled with big-time eccentrics and small-town shenanigans, Big Stone Gap is a jewel box of original characters, including sexpot Bookmobile librarian Iva Lou Wade; Fleeta Mullins, the chain-smoking pharmacy cashier with a penchant for professional wrestling; the dashing visionary Theodore Tipton; Elmo Gaspar, the snake-handling preacher; Jack MacChenseny, a coal-mining bachelor looking for true love; and Pearl Grimes, a shy mountain girl on the verge of a miraculous transformation.Comic and compassionate, Big Stone Gap is the story of a woman who thinks life has passed her by, only to learn that the best is yet come.
©2000 by the Glory of Everything Company; (P)2000 Random House, Inc. Random House AudioBooks A Division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Big Stone Gap is a Southern novel that has the ring of truth, by which I mean its characters are bizarre, its story is hilarious, and it hooked me on page one." - (John Berendt)
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By Sophielei on 09-24-12

Just not my type of book, I guess

I have started this book two times. Once about 8 years ago, and again recently. A little into the book I recognized the story and I again stopped listening at about the same spot. I remembered why I never finished it and have made a note so I don't do this again.

The reader, who is also the author, did a good job (reading) but it just couldn't keep my interest. Again, as I said, it just isn't my type of story.

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By Molly on 03-23-07

Warm, Familiar, and Funny

I have read, and loved, other Adriana Trigani books..but having grown up in SW Virginia, I had put off reading this book, fearing that the "hillbilly" aspect of the area would be emphasized. I was delightfully surprised to find the book to be as comfortable and familiar as an old coat that's been packed in the back of the closet. I found myself looking for excuses to be in the car - and to hear more of Ave Maria's story. I can't wait to listen to the next one!

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