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The Giver of Stars

A Novel
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical

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Publisher's Summary

"With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn’t want it to end!" (Liane Moriarty, number one New York Times best-selling author of Big Little Lies)

"Epic in scope and fiercely feminist...an unforgettable story." (PopSugar)

Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium

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 Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them - and to the men they love - becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job - bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is 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.

Soon to be a major motion picture!

©2019 Jojo Moyes (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"[A] dramatic, sweeping story.... As well as creating wonderful strong characters, Jojo Moyes has an incredible eye for historical detail - I really felt as though I was riding over those Kentucky mountains with those women." (Sophie Kinsella for Bustle)

"Moyes brings an often forgotten slice of history to life.... [T]he true power of the story is in the bonds between the women of the library.... A love letter to the power of books and friendship." (Kirkus Reviews starred review)

"[A] homage to the power of reading and the strength of community.... A must-read for women's fiction." (Booklist starred review)

"An adventure story grounded in female competence and mutual support, and an obvious affection for the popular literature of the early 20th century, give this Depression-era novel plenty of appeal.... There’s plenty of drama, but the reader’s lasting impression is one of love." (Publishers Weekly)

"Rich in history, with well-developed characters and a strong sense of place, this book will fit well in any library’s fiction collection. For fans of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants or Catherine Marshall’s Christy." (Library Journal starred review)

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