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The Giver of Stars: A Novel

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Julia Whelan

13 Hours 53 Minutes

Penguin Audio

October 2019

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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. 


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    A beautifully written novel. All the women became my heroes.

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    wonderful read, story kept the reader wanting more.

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  • Ruth S.

    A great read. These gals were spectacular! The story line kept you moving on. I loved the end!

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  • Renee L.

    This is probably one my most favorite books ever. I’m sure part of the reason I loved it so much is the narrator. I listened to the book and then went back and listened again the same week.

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  • Jerrilee G.

    Such a great audiobook! Excellent narration and beautifully written. Nice to have some history too

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  • Patricia R.

    I very much enjoyed this book. The narration was excellent as well.

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  • Anonymous

    This novel was not what I usually read, however, I throughly enjoyed every minute of it. The characters were well developed and the “ Liberians” were human with flaws. Loved this book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    What a great read!! Love the descriptive narratives of settings and characters. Will definitely read more of author’s books and strongly encourage you to enjoy!! Thanks

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  • Jennifer B.

    This was so good! I’m sad that it ended. The narrator did an outstanding job. The story pulls you in. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Fantastic narrator for this book. The ability to do all the different characters in this book was amazing!

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