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!