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Big Stone Gap

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A classic of introspection that exposes the subtle influences of

A classic of introspection that exposes the subtle influences of one's upbringing. Easy-flowing 1st person narrative that sometimes broke my heart while inviting me to consider my own life: my relationship with my father, my husband, my daughter, my life as a single. ...
A classic of introspection that exposes the subtle influences of one's upbringing. Easy-flowing 1st person narrative that sometimes broke my heart while inviting me to consider my own life: my relationship with my father, my husband, my daughter, my life as a single. Secrets intended to spare those we love, secrets kept out of shame, and the healing power of truth and honesty are the underlying themes.

posted by Anonymous on August 29, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

It was good enough to finish, but far from fabulous.

I thought this book was okay, but it definitely is not great. The plot was predictable most of the time, except for the places where it was just weird. The twists were never clever, but mostly strange. I didn't like the characters at all. Sure they were different, and a...
I thought this book was okay, but it definitely is not great. The plot was predictable most of the time, except for the places where it was just weird. The twists were never clever, but mostly strange. I didn't like the characters at all. Sure they were different, and a few were possible to relate to, but for the most part it felt like she was trying to hard too create quirky characters and in the end she made a bunch of crazy, unrealistic people. And the romance? Awkward. Even though Trigiani was setting it up through the whole book, it felt weird. I kept hoping for someone new to come along and steal Ave Maria's heart so that she wouldn't be with Jack. All in all, not great. The best thing that I can say for this book is that I was able to finish it.

posted by My_Purple_Pen on July 8, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    An apprentise

    I am said to be light grey. Some say its blue. Others silver. I myself don't know. I turn away from Goldmist.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    Too slow

    The story line just did not grab me. I found that I was forcing myself to continue reading, not reading eagerly to find out what happens next. The characters were fine, the writing is good, but I just never cared enough to want to know more about them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    OK read.

    So so tale of the authors view of a small Appalachian Mountain town. She introduces you to many of the town's characters and their lives. As she is telling the reader of their daily lives she is also trying to discover her inner self as well as solve the mystery of who she actually is. This was not a story I found myself thinking of after I finished it. I felt maybe she brought in too many characters with too much info. Felt a little disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    This story is insular and maudlin, a coming of age of a 35 year

    This story is insular and maudlin, a coming of age of a 35 year old spinster in 1979 in rural Virginia—highly predictable and, at times, utterly unrealistic. Ave Maria, the spinster, is so totally self-absorbed that her thinking becomes redundant and repetitive. The two men, Jack Mac, a rural coal miner, and Theodore, a transplanted school teacher and band master, are amazingly liberated males for 1979—they seem to emotionally comprehend women, are generous with their emotional understanding of women, and in one case offer to help with the dishes. DUH! Not believable for men in 1979, especially in rural Virginia!
    The book drags on from the start, and picks up mid-way, but never creates the excitement.
    Others seem to think that the value in this book is in the dialog. Dialog can be great, but if the story line is weak because of its lack of believability, then ho-hum to the dialog.
    Nothing in this book anchors it to the time in which it is placed, 1979. It is simply a fantasy set in a time-stamp of 1979 with no definition of reality. What world events were happening during that time that may have shaped the characters? How did the characters find the money that was needed to fulfill their future promises?
    This novel is superficial and lacks depth. This story could have been fantastic, it lacks depth.

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