Picks and Pans Review: Big Stone Gap

updated 05/01/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Adriana Trigiani

Book of the week

Yes, there really is a place called Big Stone Gap, Va. And yes, Elizabeth Taylor and then-husband U.S. Sen. John Warner did visit the tiny hamlet nestled in the Cumberland Mountains on a campaign trip in 1978. Everything else in this delightfully quirky novel, however, springs from the imagination of first-time author Trigiani, a television writer and producer (The Cosby Show) and documentary filmmaker. And what an imagination she has.

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