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The Giver of Stars

2019 . Historical Fiction, Fiction, History . Jojo Moyes

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About the book


From the author of Me Before You, set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond. Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic–a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.






Pamela Dorman Books




0399562486 (ISBN13: 9780399562488)



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3 months ago


In Depression-era Kentucky, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books.


Caroline Lasorsa

4 months ago


It took me awhile to get into it, but it ended up being a great read


Terri Tadlock

5 months ago


I did not know about the book women of Eastern Kentucky. The author Jojo Moyes creates an amazing story with women you can laugh and cry with. A must read for lovers of historical fiction.


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1 year ago


November ‘19 | “For years I’ve been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling and y’all already know how much I love historical fiction! Set in Kentucky during the 1930’s, the story follows a small group of women known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together, especially for these women who are completely bonded by their love of literature” - Reese Witherspoon


Beatriz Marañon Straarup

1 year ago


Beautiful story set in rural Kentucky in the 30’s. Enjoyed this very much.