Jojo Moyes – The Giver of Stars

A Reese Witherspoon X Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

Number-One New York Times Best Seller

Ive been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling…. Its such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together. (Reese Witherspoon)

From the author ofMe 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, from the author of Me Before You

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 Roosevelts 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, theyre 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 Americas 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 womens 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!

Author: Jojo Moyes
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Duration: 13 hours 52 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

disaster evocative

After reading both The Giver of Stars and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, (the latter of which was written first by Kim Michele Richardson) I am disappointed and troubled by the numerous remarkable similarities between these two books. Giver is also an oddly stark diversion in subject matter and setting for Jojo Moyes, and I have read and enjoyed all of Moyes previous books. I dont know what the explanation for this might be, but I found it disturbing and unfortunate.