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The Giver of Stars

Author : Jo Jo Moyes

Genre : Historical Fiction

The Giver of Stars is a fiction based on the true story of the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky during the depression era. 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.

The leader 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 traverse Appalachia on horseback to deliver books to families in the area.

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 funny, heartbreaking, and enthralling. It is 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. The writing is beautiful: “This town could polish a piece of gossip and preserve it like an insect in amber. It would still be rolling around whole centuries later.”

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