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Publisher's Summary

Milk Glass Moon, the third book in Adriana Trigiani's best-selling 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 Tipton, 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, listners 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.
©2002 Adriana Trigiani (P)2012 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on 02-24-14

Things that Last, Love, Cornbread and Beans

The third book in the Big Stone Gap Trilogy finds Ava Maria and Jack Mac raising Etta and growing older. The love between them grows sweeter (and wiser), and the stories of the town's folk are some of the best parts of the book. Pearl has expanded the drug store to three now. Jack Mac's construction company, which he and two friends opened after the coal mines closed, is thriving. Etta's teenage antics throw Ava Maria for a loop . . . and Ava Maria finds herself being the OPP (overprotective parent), while Jack Mac is the laid back nice one . . . isn't that typical??? But as time goes on, Etta does survive being raised by imperfect parents . . . and both parents finally learn to value the qualities the other bring to the table. This series has a great southern, down home feel . . . you'll laugh, cry, and come to love all these people, just like they are your own neighbors.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen on 08-28-12

Alas, the final book in the Stone Gap trilogy

In this, the final book of the Stone Gap trilogy, Jack and Ave Maria raise their daughter with all the anxiety of getting through the teenages, up to her marriage. There are big changes in Big Stone Gap, and some of Ave Maria’s closest friends have some dramatic life crises. This book finishes off he series, and we are all sorry to see it end. Again, I can’t imagine anyone reading these books aloud but Trigiani herself.

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