Big Stone Gap Book Summary and Study Guide

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Ave Maria, who is the main character of the story has had a lot to go through in her lifetime. She lives in Big Stone Gap Virginia in the lovely mountains where it feels like 'down home.' Ave Maria's mom has passed away, and she has had a hard time getting on with her life, but she does gradually, and things go on from there. She is the town spinster at 35 years of age, and has had a hard time of finding love. She has two wonderful male friends though, and will she find love with one of them? You must read and find out.
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Ave Maria owns a pharmacy in Big Stone gap and knows many people in the whole town. Early on in the book though, a high school girl comes into Ave's life that really needs someone to look up to. Her name is Pearl, and she an Ave instantly form a friendship that is long-lasting.
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The plot reveals the sorrow, heartache, fears, triumphs and vulberability of Ava Maria Mullingan, a "ferriner" of Italian descent who resides in the small American mining community of "Big Stone Gap". As the story commences, Ava Maria is dealing with her grief at losing her mother. As it evolves, the plot includes a family feud (about her inheritance), two marriage proposals, the search for her father's identity, and with it comes a process of self discovery - especially learning to trust and to relinquish her fear of commitment.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   mother Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)    -   Italian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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