Transporting us from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia to the Italian Alps, New York City and the Tuscan countryside, Milk Glass Moon is the utterly enthralling story of a shifting mother daughter relationship. A daughter's first love, a mother's heartbreak, an enduring marriage facing its own ongoing challenges, and a community faced ...
Transporting us from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia to the Italian Alps, New York City and the Tuscan countryside, Milk Glass Moon is the utterly enthralling story of a shifting mother daughter relationship. A daughter's first love, a mother's heartbreak, an enduring marriage facing its own ongoing challenges, and a community faced with seismic changes, all are deep at the heart of Adriana Trigiani's new novel. The third in her bestselling Big Stone Gap series, it continues the life story of Ave Maria as she faces the joys and demands of motherhood with her trademark humour and honesty. Reaching into the past to find answers to the present, Ave Maria is led to places she never dreamed she would go, and to people who enter her life and rock its foundation. MILK GLASS MOON is about the power of love and its abiding truth, and captures Trigiani at her most lyrical, affectionate and heartfelt.
Excellent follow up to Big Stone Gap and Big Cherry Holler. This was to be Book 3 of the Trilogy but she went of to write Book 4. I'm glad she did. Great characters.
Jan 31, 2008
I suppose the content is o.k. However, the book was received in such a deplorable condition, I was loathe to give it as a gift, which was the reason I ordered it in the first place! I can't understand how anyone could treat a book the way the seller did. It had a plethora of dog-eared pages throughout. I will not order from this seller again!!
Publishers Weekly, 2002-10-07 The third book in Trigiani's series about the middle-aged but young-at-heart Ave Maria of Big Stone Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains is simply made for the ear. The author colorfully and flawlessly captures the characters' southern and Italian accents, transporting listeners into Ave Maria's charmed world. She's a pharmacist in a small Virginia town but has relatives in Italy; and her daughter Etta has just entered her teen years, causing Ave Maria much heartache and uncertainty. She's torn between wanting Etta to mature and wishing Etta was much younger. She cheerfully discusses affairs from the daily chatter at the drugstore counter to more serious matters, such as the death of her son years earlier and her best friend Iva Lou's breast cancer. The dialogue is always snappy (e.g., after Ave Maria has seen a man she's attracted to, Iva Lou quips, "That's how they keep us hooked... those rats"). The words, as well as Trigiani's cadence and emotions, allow listeners to easily envision each character. They'll appreciate Ave Maria's enthusiasm when she visits New York and Italy and describes everything in lush detail. But when she's flying home and remarks, "southwest Virginia is an uncomplicated place for a complicated person," listeners will also understand exactly what is meant. This is a treasure of an audio. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover (Forecasts, June 24). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-06-24 Fans of Trigiani's delightful trilogy (Big Cherry Holler; Big Stone Gap) will be sorry to part with Ave Maria MacChesney in this final installment. Readers who have followed Ave through her marriage at 35 to the rock-steady Jack, the death of her four-year-old son and all the ups and downs of family life will now witness her struggle to let go as she acknowledges her growing daughter's need for independence. In Ave's dealings with Etta as Etta changes from a stargazing 12-year-old tomboy to a strong-willed 18-year-old, the author reveals great insight into the minefield of mother-daughter relationships. Trigiani's unerring portrayal of the singular personalities that make up the small southwest Virginia town the lively Iva Lou, Ave's best friend; gossipy Fleeta, who works at the Mutual Pharmacy with Ave; the town's Rock of Gibraltar, Spec Broadwater brings humor and poignancy to Ave's richly drawn life in Big Stone Gap. Equally compelling are the scenes in Italy, when the three MacChesneys and Iva Lou visit Ave's birthplace and spend time with her Italian family. The folksy dialogue and unabashed sentimentalism can be cloying, but Ave's astringent insights and critical self-appraisal sharpen the tale. And as always, it is the day-to-day details of life in the charming backwater town of Big Stone Gap (including a recipe for "Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake") that make the story shine. Trigiani skillfully brings her compelling trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. Agent, Suzanne Gluck. (July 16) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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