Milk Glass Moon
By Adriana Trigiani
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345445858, 288pp.)
Publication Date: July 1, 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Audio Cassette
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Milk Glass Moon, the third book in Adriana Trigiani's bestselling Big Stone Gap series, continues the life story of Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney as she faces the challenges and changes of motherhood with her trademark humor and honesty. With twists as plentiful as those found on the holler roads of southwest Virginia, this story takes turns that will surprise and enthrall the reader.
Transporting us from Ave Maria's home in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Italian Alps, from New York City to the Tuscan 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 beloved characters are back: Jack Mac, Ave Maria's true love, who is willing to gamble security for the unknown; her best friend and confidant, bandleader Theodore Tip-ton, who begins a new life in New York City; librarian and sexpert Iva Lou Wade Makin, who faces a life-or-death crisis. Meanwhile, surprises emerge in the blossoming of crusty cashier Fleeta Mullins, the maturing of mountain girl turned savvy businesswoman Pearl Grimes, and the return of Pete Rutledge, the handsome stranger who turned Ave Maria's world upside down in Big Cherry Holler.
In this rollicking hayride of upheaval and change, Ave Maria is led to places she never dreamed she would go, and to people who enter her life and rock its foundation. As Ave Maria reaches into the past to find answers to the present, readers will stay with her every step of the way, rooting for the onetime town spinster who embraced love and made a family. Milk Glass Moon is about the power of love and its abiding truth, and captures Trigiani at her most lyrical and heartfelt.
Praise for Big Cherry Holler
"Trigiani is a wonderful storyteller. . . . Readers will enjoy Big Cherry Holler immensely." –USA Today
"Fans of the first novel will rejoice. . . . Ave heads to Italy to find strength and healing in her ancestry. . . . Trigiani deftly juxtaposes the culture of the Appalachian mountains with that found in the Italian Alps."–Southern Living
"Heartwarming . . . Everything that really matters is here: humor, romance, wisdom, and drama." –The Dallas Morning News
"Trigiani can make you laugh in one sentence then break your heart the next. Her Big Stone Gap series is sure to become the next Mitford."–The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi)
Praise for Big Stone Gap
"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday." –The New York Times Book Review
"Delightfully quirky . . . chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists."–People
"In this delightful tale of intimate community life in the hamlet of Big Stone Gap, the characters are as real as the ones who live next door."–The Sunday Oklahoman