The Giver of Stars: A Novel

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Lelia's #OMPReads today is THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes! "Based on the true story of the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky, the latest novel by the author of ME BEFORE YOU follows several women from different walks of life working on an initiative to deliver books in Depression-era Kentucky. The two central women are Alice, an English bride who finds marriage--and America--to be not quite what she imagined, and Margery, a whip-smart and fiercely independent leader who refuses to conform to the conventions of the age on how a woman should conduct herself. While battling attempts to undermine the library program and maintain their commitment to promoting literacy to even the poorest of local citizens, the women forge friendships that are the beating heart of this memorable story. THE GIVER OF STARS is amazingly well researched, perfectly paced, and a testament to how relatable and relevant historical fiction can be. The characters in this novel will consume you, begging you to keep reading until you've turned the last page."




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.