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Big Cherry Holler
I read Big Stone Gap, the first book in the trilogy here, and loved it all the way through! Ave Maria is married to Jack Mac, and they had two children together. One of the children became ill and passed away, and Ave Maria is really in a crisis. She feels her marriage is in deep trouble and that Jack isn't grieving the same as she. Please read and find out. The whole book deals with Ava Maria trying to find herself and where she and Jack are headed...
Big Stone Gap (Literature)
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, a...
Big Stone Gap (Romance)
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 ...
Lucia, Lucia
Set in the 1950's, a time when post-war prosperity was booming, Lucia Sartori lives in the midst of all the glitz and glamour that New York City has to offer. With a successful career as a fashion designer at B. Altman's Department Store on Fifth Avenue, Lucia has her focus set on her future in fashion and business. As daughter of a prosperous Italian grocer and part of a very traditional family, Lucia is engaged to her childhood sweetheart Dante...

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Milk Glass Moon
Transporting us from Ave Maria's home in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Italian Alps, from New York City to the Tuscani countryside, Milk Glass Moon is the story of a shifting mother-daughter relationship, of a daughter's first love, and a mother's heartbreak, of an enduring marriage that contains its own ongoing challenges, and of a community faced with seismic change. All of Trigiani's other characters are back here as well. There's Jack Mac, who i...
Queen of the Big Time
Nella Castellucas is an Italian-American girl living on a farm outside of Philadelphia in the early 1900's. She longs to go to high school and be a teacher. However, she must quit school at 15 to help support her family. She goes to work in a blouse factory. At 16, the owner of the factory taps her to be a forelady, because she is so smart and hardworking. She falls in love with the smartest and most goodlooking boy in town, but he leaves her to pursue h...
The Shoemaker's Wife
Two boys are left at a convent by their mother, who is widowed and unable to take care of them. The plot focuses on one boy because he is an especially hard worker, but life is rough for him in poverty-stricken Italy. In time he is forced to move to America, where he finds solace in the Italian immigrant community, and reconnects with a girl he grew up less than a mile away from. He discovers she is his home, not Italy, her. The two have to conquer many ...


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