The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn't want it to end!" -Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies "Epic in scope and fiercely feminist. . . an unforgettable story." -PopSugar Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium 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 Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them-and to the men they love-becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they're committed to their job-bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is 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.
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9780399562501
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Nov 17, 2019

Jojo Moyes and a great history lesson in one!

Nov 09, 2019

I LOVED this book and did not want it to end. Sometimes historical books can be tricky, but this had me hooked from the 1st chapter. Easy to read, topical with issues still prevalent nearly 100 years later for women, it was one of the most satisfying books i have read in ages.
A sequel would be welcome!

Nov 07, 2019

Loved it! Very different type story for the author who generally has a lot of sarcastic humor in her characters. This was far more serious but very well written and kept me up late every night as I couldn't put it down.

Nov 04, 2019

i was sceptical, moyes was going to segue from a clinic in switzerland (the last book i read/enjoyed) to a setting in rural kentucky during the great depression? my fears were unfounded, and thoughts of paris soon left my head. this story reminded me of 'the harvey girls,' 'true grit,' and etc. with a theme of 'intrepid women learn to overcome hardships and learn the meaning of true friendship.' coincidentally, it is related to 'the book woman of troublesome creek,' which is also about the WPA pack horse librarians, what are the odds!? that being said, i enjoyed this book though i don't typically read historical novels.

JCLLisaH Oct 31, 2019

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is historical fiction at its very best! Set in 1939 Southern Kentucky, the lives of five strong female characters come together to form and operate the Packhorse Library, where they deliver by horseback, books, magazines and newspapers to those living in remote, rural areas.

One of the main characters, Alice, an Englishwoman, marries an American and is brought to Kentucky where she hopes to start a new, dazzling life with her husband. That is not to be the case. Alice finds living with her husband and her father-in-law to be stifling and oppressive. Alice gets involved in starting and operating the Packhorse Library with four other women and her life becomes fulfilled and has purpose. A murder is thrown into the mix, and the mystery aspect of the story keeps the reader guessing as to how the lives of the women will be affected.

Jojo Moyes’s past works of contemporary fiction (Me Before You, After You, Still Me) have been enjoyable reads for me. But The Giver of Stars is on another level and is my favorite novel of hers to date. The writing and development of the characters is phenomenal. The relationships that Moyes develops for each of her characters are deep and multi-faceted. This narrative will stay with you long after you have read the last page. If you are a lover of historical fiction, The Giver of Stars is for you. Additionally, it is a great novel for book groups as there is much content to discuss with many interesting characters and relationships. Get on the library Hold List now, as I predict this novel becoming the Where the Crawdad’s Sing of 2020!

Oct 30, 2019

This is a wonderful book about an interesting time in our history. The characters are compelling, and the story is very thought-provoking.

Oct 28, 2019

Just finished reading this novel and absolutely loved it from start to finish. Loved the different story lines, heartache, and adventure. Just saw this will be a motion picture and can’t wait!! Praise to JoJo Moyes as this was a bit different then her other novels. I enjoyed it and hope you do too. This would be great for a book club.

Oct 23, 2019

The last 13 pages are worth the depressing previous 300 plus.

Oct 12, 2019

Double check questions book club

DCLadults Oct 03, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Five strong women from varying backgrounds brave the isolated Kentucky countryside on horseback during the Depression to deliver books to neighbors who have none. A story of resilience and friendship with a sweeping sense of place. Jojo Moyes nails it.

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