The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars Summary

“A great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together.” —Reese Witherspoon
From the author of the forthcoming Someone Else’s Shoes, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond in Depression-era America

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.

Book Reviews


Truly delightful5 star

This was a wonderful story of women working together as part of the WPA Packhorse Library program in the 1930’s in a small Kentucky mining town. The friendships and struggles they endured were moving and empowering. An entirely worthwhile read!55


Unique and absolutely wonderful!5 star

I rarely give 5 star ratings but this book is refreshing and awesome! It is written so well that the reader feels like he or she is right alongside the characters in a true life journey through history. Highly recommend!55


The giver of stars5 star

What a wonderfully amazing story of women and hard times55


Kentucky mountain life4 star

This is an eye opener concerning the life in small town and countryside Kentucky.45


Couldn’t put it down!5 star

What a beautiful adventure! Loved it.55


The giver of stars5 star

A great story!55

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Powerful women5 star

Even when I wasn’t reading, I found myself wondering what challenges the powerful women, Margery, Alice and all the others would face, and how they would resolve their problems. The characters came alive to me.55


Really great story5 star

Read this for good feelings55


Fascinating5 star

This book opened up a subject that I didn’t know existed. I live across the Ohio River in Cincinnati and it gave a whole new meaning to the mountains of Kentucky. These brave women did a noble deed of trying to bring books and knowledge to people who might otherwise be forgotten.55


Great read5 star

Excellent story based in history55

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