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Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Big Stone Gap - Big Stone Gap, Bk 1
Author: Adriana Trigiani
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ISBN-13: 9780345438324
ISBN-10: 0345438329
Publication Date: 4/3/2001
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 468 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
I first read Trigiani in a compilation book of American female authors. I was intrigued by Trigiani's writing style and decided to give this novel a try as my first full read from her. What a story! A novel full of life lessons all can relate to and characters that you'll love and hate. I loved the book so much, that I immediately read the sequel "Big Cherry Holler" the next day! Easy to read- you could plow through both books in a day.
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Helpful Score: 6
The characters made me feel warm and cozy even if the story seemed a waste of time. The story was ridiculous and trite, but escaping to the beautiful scenery and joining in the company of a local drug store pharmacist, a book-mobile driver and a bunch of fun-lovin' other characters was embarrassingly fun. My literary senses were entirely assaulted and I love it. Kinda kinky in a bookworm way... I guess sometimes your story life needs a little trashy spice!
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Helpful Score: 5
This charming book reminded me of the movie "Waitress" (starring Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion) ... in fact, so much did it remind me of the movie that, remembering the name of the female writer/director of "Waitress" was some form of "Adrian," I had to make sure the author and the director were not the same person. (They aren't. This is Adriana Trigiana; "Waitress" was Adrienne Shelly.)

Still, if you liked "Waitress," you might like this book. The qualities of "Waitress" this reminds me of are the tone (that hard to define way of being naturally quirky, effortlessly conveying the idea that the characters are just like this without being aware that it's unusual), the small-town setting, and the piercing insight of the main character's revelations into the world around her and her place in it.

It's a great book to curl up with on a rainy day or a slow Sunday. I read a lot of books in quick 5-minute "bites" of time; this was not a good book for that type of reading. It's a book to take some time with in order to enjoy the progress of the rolling storyline. (Not that the storyline is "slow" - there are plenty of interesting plot developments - but it doesn't have intermittent climactic moments or chapter-by-chapter cliffhangers as so many modern novels do.)

I had never read anything by Trigiani before, but this book may have made me a fan. I will be ordering more of her novels ASAP.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is the second book I've read by Adriana Trigiani and I intend on reading everything else she has written! Loved this story about "Ave Maria," a single woman in her 30's who, after her mother dies, finds that she needs a change. Full of wonderful characters, this book does not disappoint!
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Helpful Score: 3
My first Adriana Trigiani book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The peole were true-to-life, very much like Southerners act, speak and think....with both the good and bad traits presented.

Set in 1978 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Big Stone Gap is a typical coal-mining town. The people are dependant on the coal mines for their living, even as they deny that the mines are responsible for the Black Lung and other related diseases that take their menfolk. Ave Marie Mulligan, the town pharmacist and self-proclaimed spinster, discovers she's not who she always thought she was when her mother dies and Ave Marie discovers a letter her mother wrote to her before her death. That letter starts her on a journey of self-discovery, for herself and the ones she holds dear.

For a book that will make you stop and question your own life-goals, follow Ave Marie as she learns who she really is and finds that sometimes you have to lose your old self before you can find who you really are.
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Helpful Score: 2
I was in love with this book. I am from Kingsport and Big stone gap is just a few miles north. Trigiani spun a tale of mountain life that anyone can relate too.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a fun read. Light, perfect for the beach or a winter's night. An interesting town with a long list of loveable characters. Light romance, but that's not the total focus of the story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Quite an enertaining read with quirky characters. A very lovable protaganist that you are rooting for the whole time in a book that is too soon over.
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Helpful Score: 1
Warm and comforting book about a "spinster" who discovers life
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Ave Maria Mulligan is an original. Of Italian decent but in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she is the town pharmacist, annual play director, and spinster.

Intriguing characters who reflect small town shrewdness and naivity. The narritive takes you places that you never expected to go.
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I enjoyed the book and intend to read the rest of the books in the series. It is the kind of light, fun read I will keep around the house for guest to read when they come for a long visit.
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Helpful Score: 1
great story, well told.
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I bought this book at a second hand store and didnt think that it was going to be very goo. Boy I was wrong! I really enjoyed the story, and once I started reading it i couldnt put it down!!!
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I loved this book. I couldn't put it down, it made me smile and it made me cry. I will definitly read Trigiani's other books. I highly recommend this author.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this story -- the character are touching & wonderful. This story made me want to move to this town and live there.
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Helpful Score: 1
A great story with unsual characters set in the contemporary Blue Ridge Mountains of VA.
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i loved the home town feeling of this book. the characters are quirky and funny.
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Helpful Score: 1
Just OK, not great. The main character was a bit of a yammering grump.

I did like the sub plot...the birth family search, etc. The romance was just unbelievable! She seemed like a very unlovable character to me. She treated this guy poorly and he kept coming back for more!

OK though. I might try another.
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A funny, endearing story about the search for being loved by someone, rather than someone to love...
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Book #1 in the Big Stone Gap trilogy. A non-traditional romance that does justice to the people of the Appalachians.
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This is apparently third in a trilogy. I did not read the first two but plan to. Big Stone Gap is in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. This is about a 35 year old "spinster" (according to town standards)who finds her life is not what she always thought it was.
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Light and satisfying--but not the typical cotton candy beach fare. This book is actually fairly intelligent!
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about 70's small town in beautiful applician mts. Story of an italian girl who finally finds love after being unmarried for so long. It is really great because the references etc. and mannerisms about italian families combined with added recipes actually in books are so realistic. Its a great love story too. Made me cry!
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I loved this book, great story!
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Very enjoyable read. I look forward to reading the other books in the series now.
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Delightful. Wonderful characters. One of my favorite authors.
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I very much enjoyed reading Big Stone Gap and the rest of the Stone Gap series. I have been searching for any other books by Adrianna Trigiani. I would reccomend these books very highly

Colleen Gardineer
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Great characters. Life in a small town in Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
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I really enjoyed this book. Could not put it down! Hope to read the sequel soon.
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This is the first in series of three by this author. I am a huge fan of her books. Great writing & each book is filled with great characters & her writing is so smooth & easy to read. Can't wait for further books from her. Don't miss Hometo Big Stone Gap, Rococo, The Queen of the Big Time & Lucia, Lucia. All wonderful stories. She is now one of my all time favorite writers.
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Wow! Loved this book. Really wanted to know more about Ave Maria and JackMac and I'm so glad that there are sequels!
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A good story set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
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This was a fast read. When I got to the last page I couldn't believe the book was done, now I am on to the 2nd book. Can't wait to see what the movie will be like (since the author is the one directing and writing the movie). I think a lot more time with her father would have been nice, but the time that was spent was very quick!! I don't read many fiction stories much anymore but I sure liked this semi-autobiographical fiction.
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Really liked this book and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
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One of those books where the characters become your friends, you know and understand them so well. Life in Big Stone Gap begins to feel like home. And Ave Maria feels like she could have been your sister, you are that much like her. This is a feel good book and I savoured the last few pages, as I hated for it to come to an end. Yes, I recommend it. You'll be glad you read it.
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The book was a nice easy read for the beach.
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I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I first began reading it, but after a couple of pages into it, I became completely smitten with the characters, and the charm of the author's writing style. A great "getaway" read!
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This is absolutely one of my favorite books. It is well written. The pace of the book continues to move forward. One is left with such a good feeling that you will want to read the other three books in this series.
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I enjoyed this book very much. Life in a small town has it's advantage and disadvantages, but the comummity of support in this book warms the heart. I look forward to another Adriana Trigiani book.
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This book was such a surprise. It started off kind of slow, but very quickly became so interesting I could not put it down. The back cover says that this is "a gem of a book with a giant heart" and I could not agree more. Ave Maria Mulligan is a true heroine and so down to earth and lovable that women everywhere can identify with her. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel! I highly recommend this book.
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Very good, it's a keeper!
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This author is one of my favorites and I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters are well developed and a little quirky. The setting is interesting and the story well told. Just a light read with laughs and a few sad incidents. If you enjoyed Lucia, Lucia you will probably like this one, too.
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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."

**A good book with lots of interesting characters. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.**
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Pretty good book all around.
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Wonderful, heartwarming book where you sometimes want to shake the heroine. Have the other two in the series and can't wait to read them.
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Predictable but well written.
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A very good book, I did not want to put it down once I started it.
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Wonderful, heartwarming story of a pharmacist who feels out of place in the mountains of Western Virginia.
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I really enjoyed reading this book-- I found the characters engaging, the plot mellow but interesting, and the setting of the book fascinating. The author's writing style is lovely and descriptive, and the dialog between characters very believable. Overall, the reading experience was like sinking into a good movie. I'm now reading the sequel and enjoying that as well.
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A good comfort read. I read it in two days.Very interesting characters.I can't wait to read the next one in the trilogy.
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this book came recommended, but i couldn't get into it. my loss, your gain.
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Couldnt put it down
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I really liked the book and will now be doing a search for the next book in the series, "Big Cherry Holler".
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Excellent book you will fall in love with the characters!
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Great series! Read this book first. I highly recommend this to everyone!
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Very engaging, quick read, could not put down.
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I loved the entire Trilogy. I laughed, I cried, excellent book. This is the first of three.
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A "comfort" read, highly praised by the New York Times, USA Today, and Whoopi Goldberg on the cover. Small-town life is depicted in ways that everyone can understand, and the heroine very believable. You feel like you know this person intimately. Good read.
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I really loved this book and I intend to read the rest of Trigianni's novels now!
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A gem of a book, the pages will just keep turning
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A nice summer read. Characters were interesting, story engrossing.
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Excellent! A must read.
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delightful
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I thought this book was great! I enjoy reading about different cultures, so I found this book especially appealing.
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A great start to the series!
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Excellent story. Well-written and it turns out how you want it to.
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This book is "charming and unforgettable." I enjoyed reading this book. It was completely different from any other book I have read.
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Delightful, fun read!
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Loved this book! A great Appalachain novel.
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Wonderful book. I loved it and couldn't put it down till I had finished it.
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Great book! Out book club enjoyed it!
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A good read set in an existing small town in TN. Interesting characters!
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Good author and nice story,
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"Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state." Whoopi Goldbert says, "It's one of my all-time favorite novels....unforgettable."
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I had this book a long time before I finally chose it to read. While it was interesting, it did not hold a candle to "Bloodroot" by Amy Greene, which I had just finished, and loved. Read them both and see if you don't agree with me.
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I agree with People (who chose it as their Book of the Week -- it's Delightful, quirky, the characters are unique and the unexpected plot twists pull you throuhg to the end. Whoopie Goldberg proclaimed it as her all time favorite!
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BIG STONE GAP is absolutely the best! A must read for anyone who likes their characters off-beat, but real; their plot line veering, but funny; and the ending not an ending at all but a new start!

From back cover: Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave's fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetimea trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Brimming with humor and wise notions of small-town life, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book with a giant heart. . . .
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Great book! I enjoyed the series.
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Really enjoyed this book.
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Woman who is a 35-year old spinster in the blue ridge mountains of Virginia searches for her true identity while her life is filled with interesting characters and a fulfilling career. Good read.
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A woman in small Virginia mountain town talk about her life, her relationship with the close knit community and her dreams.
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Another buddy read in my online book club, The Reading Cove. I can't agree with most of the other reviews here on this. I've renamed it BIG STONE YAWN.

The story line seemed to be of the "make it up as you go along" ilk. Much of the events surrounding Ave felt too contrived. Started off cozy and quaint, but contrived for happy-ever-after with everything.

I can't recommend, and I won't continue the series. :(
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I am in the minority here. I really did not like this book. The main character was unlikable and the circumstances seemed contrived. I slogged through the whole thing thinking that it would get better because of the many positive reviews both here and on amazon but for me, it didn't.
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"Delightfully quirky...chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists." People Magazine Book of the Week
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very good
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The first in a Trilogy, looking forward to reading the next one.
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Slow moving. Was ok but very slow. Love story some might like.
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Book one with a sequel: A pharmacist in a small town, important and friends with everyone but without love. After discovering her real father and coming to grips that she was not who she thought she was, she made changes only to be turned around in a new direction with a proposal from a childhood friend - who would have thought?
The story continues (in a second book)..........with more twists and the same friends you knew in this book.
A book that I enjoyed because it was written like life unfolds. I felt like I knew the town folk as if I lived there.
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"Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state." (from back cover)
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Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five-year-old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave's fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime--a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Brimming with humor and wise notions of small-town life, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book with a giant heart.


This was a neat book...the first I've read by this author, and I was pleased to see that she has a sequel to this (Big Cherry Holler) that's set 8 years after the conclusion of Big Stone Gap. Told in the first person, I really enjoyed the writing style. Books set in the late 70's but written post 2000 are rare, and this is truly a gem!
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Nested in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thrity-five-old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave's fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting delebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime---a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. 'FUNNY, CHARMING, AND ORIGINAL'...Fannie Flagg......."ITS ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE NOVELS...UNFORGETTABLE"....Whoopi Goldberg