Bothari’s #CBR4 Review #42: Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
If you’ve been tempted to try reading or listening to the Sweet Potato Queens books, but were worried they were just too raunchy/funny/interesting for you, then Big Stone Gap is the book for you. It’s got that healthy dose of Southern the Sweet Potato Queens have, and a smidge of romance, but it’s definitely the Lite version of Southern sass.
Ave Maria is a pharmacist in the rural mountain town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Her mother recently died, and left her a letter explaining that her father wasn’t really her father, and telling the story of her teenage pregnancy and emigration from Italy. This turns Ave Maria’s world upside down, and she has to decide whether to find her father, leave Big Stone Gap, get married (she’s been the self-proclaimed town spinster up till now), etc. It’s a pretty simple story: watch Ave Maria go from A to B.
I listened to the audio book (read by the author), and the Virginia accent was surprisingly distracting. I kept picturing the housewife from Men in Black, talking about the alien in the ‘Eggar suit.’
I don’t have much to say about this book. For the first couple discs of the audio book, I kept waiting for the story to start. It’s really just watching Ave Maria react to things/people in her life, decide she’s tired of her life, then try to fix her life. The end.