One Book, One Saint Mary's

The Saint Mary's College Alumnae Association is proud to announce

The 2014-2015 One Book One Saint Mary's selection is

Big Stone Gap, by Adriana Trigiani '81 

 Filled with big-time eccentrics and small-town shenanigans, Big Stone Gap is a jewel box of original characters. It's 1978, and Ave Maria Mulligan is the thirty-five-year-old self-proclaimed spinster of Big Stone Gap, a sleepy hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She's also the local pharmacist, the co-captain of the Rescue Squad, and the director of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, the town's long-running Outdoor Drama. Ave Maria is content with her life of doing errands and negotiating small details-until she discovers a skeleton in her family's formerly tidy closet that completely unravels her quiet, conventional life. Suddenly, she finds herself juggling two marriage proposals, conducting a no-holds-barred family feud, planning a life-changing journey to the Old Country, and helping her best friend, the high-school band director, design a halftime show to dazzle Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed Hollywood movie star who's coming through town on a campaign stump with her husband, senatorial candidate John Warner.

Big Stone Gap is the story of a woman who thinks life has passed her by, only to learn that the best is yet to come.

With the movie version scheduled to premiere this year, take this chance to read (or reread), Big Stone Gap, written by our very own Saint Mary's Alumna, Adriana Trigiani '81!


The student members of the One Book task force have set up a book basket for members of the community to share copies of Big Stone Gap. Please send your used copy to the Office of Alumnae Relations and they will place in the book basket. Be sure to write your name and graduation year on the inside cover and include any notes you'd like to share with the next reader.  Alumnae Clubs...after your discussion of the book, gather copies and send to the Office of Alumnae Relations in one shipment.

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