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Big Stone Gap is a comical depiction of small town life in Virginia. Ave Marie Mulligan realizes that at age 35, she no longer wants to be the town spinster and would like to search for love. However, she discovers secrets from her past--including the discovery of her real father, which leads her to discover love where she never thought possible. Before she knows it, she has two men to choose from and Ave Marie has her hands full with love, perhaps more love than she can handle.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one woman-two men If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   laborer/blue collar Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman Effect of sexing    -   confident


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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