Big Cherry Holler (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

by Adriana Trigiani | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0345445848 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 12/30/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, December 30, 2005
From the Publisher
BIG CHERRY HOLLER, the extraordinary sequel to BIG STONE GAP, takes us back to the mountain life that enchanted us in Adriana Trigiani’s best selling debut novel. It’s been eight years since the town pharmacist and long time spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her new found belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria makes a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she didn’t count on was that fate, life, and the ghosts of the past would come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband. The mountain walls that have protected her all of her life can not spare Ave Maria the life lessons she must learn.

BIG CHERRY HOLLER is the story of a marriage, revealing the deep secrets, the power struggle, the betrayal and the unmet expectations that exist between husband and wife. It is the story of a community that must reinvent itself as it comes to grips with the decline of the coal mining industry. It is the story of an extended family, the people of Big Stone Gap, who are there for one another especially when times are tough—including bookmobile librarian and sexpert Iva Lou Wade Makin, savvy businesswoman Pearl Grimes, crusty cashier Fleeta Mullins, and Rescue Squad captain Spec Broadwater, who faces the complications of his double life. Ave Maria’s best friend Theodore Tipton, now band director at the University of Tennessee, continues to be her chief counselor and conscience as he reaches the pinnacle of marching band success.

When Ave Maria takes her daughter to Italy for the summer, she meets a handsome stranger who offers her a life beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ave Maria is forced to confront what is truly important: to her, to her marriage, and to her family. Brimming with humor, wisdom, honesty, and the drama and local color of mountain life from Virginia to Italy, BIG CHERRY HOLLER is a deeply felt, brilliantly evoked story of two lovers who have lost their way and their struggle to find one another again

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, April 09, 2008
It has been 8 years since Ave Maria married Jack Mac. They have a beautiful and vivacious daughter and they have lost a son to leukemia. This is the continuing story. It is a story of a small town community where everyone knows everyone else. The community helps everyone in need and selfish less is displayed even in helping those who had 'done them wrong'

Jack loses his coal mining job and starts up a new business while Ave Maria decides to return to full-time work in the pharmacy without even telling Jack. There is also a woman flirting with Jack who he has to deal with on a constant basis. When Ave Maria decides to take their daughter to Italy in the summer, Jack decides to stay at home. Their marriage is on the line, especially when Ave Maria meets an American who falls in love with her.

This is also a story about marriage. It is about the expectations and struggles. It is about communication between husband and wife. It is about power struggle and betrayal and deep abiding love. It is about two lovers who have to find their way back to each other.

I found this story to be full of good advice. This story made me think about my own marriage and what is important.

Journal Entry 3 by rem_BSM-942247 on Thursday, November 20, 2008
It arrived today...thanks so muchx

Journal Entry 4 by rem_BSM-942247 at The Long Stone Pub (OBCZ) in Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (11/20/2012 UTC) at The Long Stone Pub (OBCZ) in Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland


Will be released at the last official monthly meet-up of 2012 at the Longstone Pub, Dublin

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