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Big Stone Gap

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Trigiani, Adriana(2000)
Big Stone Gap

Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap describes life in a small coal-mining community in southwestern Virginia that is home to a melange of unique characters. This debut novel chronicles Ave Marie Mulligan's second coming of age. Since she is thirty-five years old, has no family and her life is in a definite rut, she has accepted her lot as the town spinster, living vicariously by helping others. She believes something is supposed to happen in her thirty-fifth year yet she doesn't know what, so she isn't prepared for the changes that life is about to deliver. After her mother's death Ave Marie discovers her Italian family that she never knew existed. A great first novel that leaves the reader eagerly waiting for the next one.

Reviewed by Natalie M., Morrison Regional

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I have grown an attachment to Adriana Trigiana books. Great southern fiction story with the trials of life faced head on! Humorous characters add just the right spice to her novels!
-Amanda, Charlotte, NC

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