Friday, February 28, 2014


It seems like only in America that a woman from Big Stone Gap, Virginia could grow up, move to New York City, get a job writing for popular television shows (including The Bill Cosby Show) and then take inspiration from her childhood to write bestselling and beloved books.

Adriana Trigiani is that author and her books can be found on the shelves of Monrovia Library. Her first novel is Big Stone Gap, originally written as a screenplay, the story of the unusually-named Ave Maria, a spinster pharmacist (do you qualify for spinsterhood at 35?) whose life is upended by the unexpected arrival of a suitor. This sweet story of small town life and people with big dreams is both gentle and witty.  Three sequels follow: Big Cherry Holler, Milk Glass Moon and Home to Big Stone Gap and all of them focus on Ave Maria and the local residents.

Author Trigiani based her next book Lucia, Lucia on her grandmother.  It is the story of the daughter of an Italian grocer in Greenwich Village, New York in the 1950s who aspires to being a career woman in the fashion industry rather than a traditional stay-at-home helper. When she rejects her longtime sweetheart to pursue a flashy man that readers know will only spell trouble, Lucia’s life takes a different track. The poignant story is both heartwarming and sentimental.

Trigiani’s newest novel is The Shoemaker’s Wife, an epic story about two star-crossed lovers who come from Italy, but meet as immigrants in America. This multi-generational novel will appeal to love story and historical fiction readers. Like other Trigiani books, it has just the right mix of romance and humor. 

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