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


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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A must read!5 star

Excellent character growth and historical Lu significant for today !55


Stingy With My Stars5 star

I very rarely give a 5 star rating, but this book hit most of my favorite highs: history, romance, suspense, and strong female characters. I had never heard of the WPA’s Packhorse Librarians, and the story was wonderful!55


Mesmerizing5 star

This mesmerizing story accurately reflects the 1930s in Appalachia country, especially in the areas of religion, poverty, women’s rights, domestic abuse, the mistreatment of African Americans, and the coal industry. The story of female friendship was heartwarming. I was saddened when I finished this story because I didn’t want it to end!55


Great book!5 star

Floods, trials, and despair all wrapped up in an entertaining story. I enjoyed the characters. Tears shed.55


Beautiful5 star

This book changed my life!55


A book about books5 star

I love books about women, nature, love, tragedy, and books. This was a perfectly written story.55


The Giver of Stars5 star

Jojo Moyes’s characters always ring true. The Giver of Stars is a beautiful story and all who read it will recognize the gift of books as one of the most important gifts to humans everywhere.55

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