Picks and Pans Review: Milk Glass Moon
By Adriana Trigiani
Mothers and daughters get along like a sack of cats in the third installment of Trigiani's popular Big Stone Gap series. Raising her teenage daughter Etta in that village in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney, who was close to her own Italian mom, worries that her teen is turning into a resident alien. Guided by a cryptic fortune teller and a loving hubby, Ave Maria attempts to make contact.
The first two novels bubbled with small-town shenanigans and kooky, endearing country folk; this time, in a sedately paced, touching tale, Trigiani sews the pieces of her crazy quilt together, though there are hints of a third sequel. Fans of the series won't be disappointed. Trigiani is a chatty host, serving up southern-fried storytelling (complete with a recipe for chocolate Coca-Cola cake) with a few Italian side dishes (the story takes a detour into Tuscany) while catching us up with her down-home cast: free spirit Iva Lou, handsome professor Pete Rut-ledge and grumpy gossip Fleeta. Old friends all, they're reason enough to pick this one up. (Random House, $24.95)
Bottom Line: Tasty fare
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