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Big Stone Gap

by Adriana Trigiani

A good snapshot of a small US country community. Can be a little slow, but overall a pleasant, heart-warming read.

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'I'll trade you. Shampoo for a best-seller.' I give Iva Lou a sack of shampoo samples from my pharmacy, Mulligan's Mutual.
'You've got a deal.' Iva Lou grabs the sack and starts sorting through the samples. She indicates the shelf of new arrivals. 'Ave Maria, honey, you have got to read The Captains and the Kings that just came out. I know you don't like historicals, but this one's got sex.'
'How much more romances can you handle, Iva Lou? You've got half the men in Big Stone Gap tied up in knots.'
She snickers. 'Half? Oh well, I'm-a gonna take that as a compliment-o anyway.' I'm half Italian, so Iva Lou insists on ending her words with vowels.

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