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Review: Big Stone Gap

October 6, 2015

Big Stone Gap

Ave Maria Mulligan is a successful pharmacist in the small town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia.  Her mother has recently passed away and left Ava a letter with some startling news.  It’s left Ave feeling somewhat unsettled so, at 35, she decides to make some changes in her life. Even she’s surprised at where those changes take her.

Years ago, I read Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani and quickly fell in love with everything about it – I loved the story, the characters, the setting, and the writing.  As I continued with the series, Trigiani became one of my favorite authors.  She has made a movie from this wonderful book so I decided a reread was in order and I loved it just as much, if not more the second time around.

I adored Ave and the rest of the people of Big Stone Gap.  They’re full of heart and spirit and seem so real that reading the book feels like visiting old friends.  I think I appreciated them even more the second time around.

While I’ve never been to Big Stone Gap, I’ve been to that part of the country plenty of times and, let me tell you, Trigiani nails it in this book.  She’s from the region, so she gets it and its people and I felt like I was there as I read the book.  She even gets the accent perfectly in the book’s dialogue.

I loved the way Trigiani tells this story – it’s warm and compassionate and made me wish I lived in a place like Big Stone Gap.  After rereading the book, I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie!   If you’ve never read Big Stone Gap, be sure to pick it up!

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2015 6:35 am

    Getting used to a change once you have sort of settled down is very hard. Sounds an interesting read

  2. bookingmama permalink
    October 6, 2015 7:07 am

    Just finished this one (again!) a few days ago. I think I’ll review it tomorrow.

  3. October 6, 2015 7:22 am

    I loved Big Stone Gap too! I can’t wait for the movie, I saw a national commercial for it during the Good Wife and was so excited for Adriana!

  4. October 6, 2015 8:13 am

    I loved this book, too, and so did my mother. We’re already planning to see the movie together!

  5. October 6, 2015 8:28 am

    I missed this one! I should read it; I love Trigiani!

  6. October 6, 2015 9:31 am

    I’ve never read anything by this author, but it looks like I should. I have also never wanted to take the time to read a book twice, especially with so many books in the TBR. Maybe one of these days…

  7. October 6, 2015 9:41 am

    I loved this book, too; it was my first from this author who quickly became a favorite. Can’t wait for the movie! Thanks for sharing.

  8. October 6, 2015 1:08 pm

    I had the same experience with this book/author, although I took a break for a coupe years. I’m excited for the movie, a retread is definitely in order.

  9. Patty permalink
    October 6, 2015 3:12 pm

    I rarely reread anything any more…but I did read and love this ones ears ago. The movie should be fun!

  10. October 6, 2015 3:14 pm

    I bought this book a couple of months ago and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I love the cover of the copy you have. Mine isn’t a pretty.

  11. October 6, 2015 3:49 pm

    Ohh Trigiani, I do wanna try more by her

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    October 6, 2015 4:34 pm

    I haven’t yet read this one, but I’ve heard such great things about it. It sounds like it stands up well on re-reading.

  13. October 6, 2015 11:06 pm

    I’ve had this book on my to read list for years. I guess I should get to it especially with a movie coming out.

  14. Beth F permalink
    October 7, 2015 6:38 am

    I can’t wait to see the movie!

  15. October 7, 2015 8:30 am

    I haven’t read anything by this author. I’ve been meaning to try one of her books.

  16. October 7, 2015 1:29 pm

    I read this a few months ago and really liked it. Yesterday I saw the trailer for the movie. It looks like they stayed true to the book, but I’ll have to check it out for myself.

  17. October 7, 2015 2:27 pm

    I have yet to read a book by this author, but she seems to be a fan favorite.

  18. October 7, 2015 8:36 pm

    I read this and liked it a lot, fully intending to continue with the series. But I didn’t 🙂 I am looking forward to the movie though.

  19. The Cue Card permalink
    October 11, 2015 10:19 am

    Oh I once lived in Virginia so I’d like to read this novel. So glad you liked it twice, which means I really need to read it. I’m curious about the movie too. But I want to read the book first! sounds neat.

  20. October 11, 2015 4:28 pm

    I love her books.

    Thanks for sharing. Nice post.

    Stopping by from Carole’s Books You Loved September Edition. I am in the list as



    and #23


    Happy Reading!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

  21. October 12, 2015 3:24 am

    I was just reading about the movie this weekend. Good for you for reading the book first! Glad you enjoyed it a second time.

  22. October 17, 2015 2:08 pm

    Oh my….I’ve been meaning to read this book FOREVER! And now…shoot. With a movie and so many other books on the Towering Teetering TBR stack….maybe… night???

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