Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Big Cherry Holler

Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani

It has been 8 years since Ave Maria married Jack Mac. They have a beautiful and vivacious daughter and they have lost a son to leukemia. This is the continuing story. It is a story of a small town community where everyone knows everyone else. The community helps everyone in need and selfish less is displayed even in helping those who had 'done them wrong'

Jack loses his coal mining job and starts up a new business while Ave Maria decides to return to full-time work in the pharmacy without even telling Jack. There is also a woman flirting with Jack who he has to deal with on a constant basis. When Ave Maria decides to take their daughter to Italy in the summer, Jack decides to stay at home. Their marriage is on the line, especially when Ave Maria meets an American who falls in love with her.

This is also a story about marriage. It is about the expectations and struggles. It is about communication between husband and wife. It is about power struggle and betrayal and deep abiding love. It is about two lovers who have to find their way back to each other.

I found this story to be full of good advice. This story made me think about my own marriage and what is important.

First Line: "The rain is coming down on this old stone house so hard, it seems there are a hundred tap dancers on the roof"



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