The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars Summary



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I’ve been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling. . . . It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together.” Reese Witherspoon

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. 


Book Reviews


Lovely5 star

Lovely book. Thanks55


The giver of stars5 star

Excellent read!55


Enjoyable and informative5 star

I appreciated knowing about this important program begun by Eleanor Roosevelt. The author used that background to create a fascinating and touching story.55


The Giver of Stars5 star

Amazing read.55


Slow start. Great read after.4 star

The beginning was very slow. Once the story line really picked up, it was great. I loved learning about the packhorse librarians during the depression. I wasn’t aware of them until this book. Amazing women.45

Illinois Nona

Mesmerizing book!5 star

I COULD NOT PUT DOWN this delightful book. I loved the characters, the setting, the creation of friendships and loyalty, the sheer bravery, and the growth of love. For anyone who enjoys a good story told by a skillful storyteller, READ THIS IMMEDIATELY!55


Giver of Stars5 star

Excellent book. Wonderful character development.55


I’m a fan.5 star

Jojo Moyes is a fantastic writer. It was a pleasure reading this story. I want to read some of her other books.55


Excellent book!5 star

Great story! I loved learning about the packhorse librarians.55


Page Turner!!5 star

I loved the pace, setting & detailed descriptions of the challenges that faced each character & watching their evolutions but most of all, I just fell in love with the main characters in this wonderful novel. I enjoyed being sent back in time and to a place where life was slower and nature was fully appreciated but it also made me thankful of the rights I enjoy as a “modern woman” in present time! This was chosen as a Book Club book and I enthusiastically give up 2 thumbs up!!! What an enjoyable read!!55

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