Adriana Trigiani does it again with this fourth addition to the Stone Gap saga. Her central character, Ave Maria, is as warm, funny and prickly as ever as she approaches middle age with all its problems: empty nest syndrome, health scares, the changing nature of a long marriage and old friendships. Trigiani's perception of human nature and all its frailties is acute and her characters are full of life. This Italian American author allows us to identify with her protagonist, feel her heartache, laugh when she's happy and ride the emotional rollercoaster which is the foundation of Ave Maria's character. In a sense, Ave Maria finally grows up and learns to live with herself and her past. If you've read the others in the series, you'll love this but it also stands up on its own as an enjoyable read.
Just as Autumn turns new leaves, so too must Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney -- the heroine of Adriana Trigiani's absorbing new novel.
Returning to Big Stone Gap, the backdrop for her previous trilogy of books, Trigiani once again invites us into the world of Ave Maria -- the ordinary, headstrong matriarch thrust into the midst of change. It all begins with the arrival of a postcard from an old friend, telling Ave Maria "It's time to live your life for you." It's a true enough assertion -- a lot has happened since previous instalment Milk Glass Moon and Ave Maria has neglected her own emotional well-being. Her daughter Etta has married and settled in Italy. Jack Mac -- handsome, charismatic Jack -- has fallen ill and Ave Maria fears the worst -- yet she can't seem to acknowledge it. And the arrival of a stranger from her past causes her lifelong friendship with Iva Lou to implode. Why shouldn't she begin to chase new dreams?
With her world shaken, Ave Maria attempts to find solace in directing the town musical -- a hilarious and possibly disastrous version of The Sound of Music -- and along the way begins to re-discover the importance of family and friends. But when a heart-throb figure from her past, Theodore Tipton, arrives on a holiday from New York City, Ave Maria once again finds her peace shattered. Add to this a heartless coal company determined to strip-mine the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding her hometown and her growing fear of the future, and Ave Maria begins to see a way out with Theodore. It's always been the comforts of friends, family, home and good food that has won through before -- can it be trusted to win through again?
Home to Big Stone Gap is the fourth book in the Big Stone Gap saga, and is the very best yet. Playwright and novelist Adriana Trigiani has created a wonderful reunion for Ave Maria and her clan, bringing dedicated fans and newbies alike a tremendous return to the small town that so many people call home.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
Publication date: 05/02/2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||5th February 2007|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
Adriana Trigiani is the author of fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table. She is also the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary Queens of the Big Time. Trigiani lives in Greenwich Village with her family.Photo copyright: Tim Stevenson 2008More About Adriana Trigiani