Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

Big Stone Gap (edition 2002)

by Adriana Trigiani

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
2,151763,027 (3.64)1 / 31
Title:Big Stone Gap
Authors:Adriana Trigiani
Info:Pocket Books (2002), Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (75)  Vietnamese (1)  All (76)
Showing 1-5 of 75 (next | show all)
A lighthearted, mostly charming read. The novel's "spinster" (an absurd adjective used in excess throughout this novel) heroine bumbles through an identity crisis as she copes with her mother's death and rethinks her life. Predictable in its picture perfect ending and rife with somewhat ridiculous plot twists, Big Stone Gap still manages to amuse with its story of small town Virginia and its eccentric residents. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
I enjoyed my time with this book. The characters are original and the setting feels authentic. There's humor and tragedy and great southern charm. I'm definitely continuing the series. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
I enjoyed my time with this book. The characters are original and the setting feels authentic. There's humor and tragedy and great southern charm. I'm definitely continuing the series. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
I read this for my book club this month. Yes, somehow none of had read it or watched the movie prior. The majority of the ladies in my book club gave it a 3.5 rating but I’m sticking with a solid 3. A couple members have continued on with the series and one has since watched the movie (saying it wasn’t all that good). This is a “one and done” series for me though – I truly just thought it was OK. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t anything special and I don’t feel the need to find out what happens next to the characters. Having said that, I do think this would be a good book to read when you are ready for something light and fluffy. Whether it is because there is just too much going on in life, you need a relaxing book, or you need something to help you recover from reading something dark…..this would be a good pick. ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
Can't wait for the movie in a theater near me. ( )
  LindaCarvelli | Aug 15, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 75 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For Tim
First words
This will be a good weekend for reading.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345438329, Paperback)

In the town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, not much happens. The highlight of 35-year-old Ave Maria Mulligan's week comes on Friday, with the arrival of the Bookmobile, the sight of which sends her into raptures. Her favorite book concerns the ancient Chinese art of reading faces. Through her face-readings, we come to understand the hostilities simmering within her family: her father whose small eyes are the clear "sign of a deceptive nature." Her aunt who "has a small head and thin lips. (That's a terrible combination.)" Adriana Trigiani's first novel concerns the family scandals that befall Ave Maria in this seemingly uneventful town. Greed, lust, envy--all the ancient emotional elements--manifest themselves even in this hamlet of "ordinary folk." Fans of Fannie Flagg or Rebecca Wells will enjoy this down-home tale, full of small, everyday details and colloquial revelations. The writing is often awkward, but so too are the characters who inhabit this place: the Bookmobile lady who thinks of herself as the sexiest woman alive; the amateur actors in the local Outdoor Drama who bristle with ambition when they hear that Elizabeth Taylor is coming to visit. In Big Stone Gap, her visit is so anticipated, it's like she's an angel sent from heaven. --Ellen Williams

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:05 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

The warm and very funny story of a small town is told by Ave Maria Mulligan, a 35-year-old self-proclaimed spinster, whose comfortable routine is about to be disrupted forever. "Funny, charming, and original".--Fannie Flagg.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 8 descriptions

LibraryThing Author

Adriana Trigiani is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

profile page | author page

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
145 avail.
16 wanted
1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.64)
0.5 1
1 9
1.5 2
2 48
2.5 16
3 198
3.5 50
4 216
4.5 20
5 124


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,064,604 books! | Top bar: Always visible