The Giver of Stars


Published Aug. 9, 2019 by Viking.


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5 stars (3 reviews)

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 …

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Ein gelungener Roman über Freundschaft in schwierigen Zeiten vor dem Hintergrund des Pack Horse Library Projects, über das ich bisher nur wenig gehört habe. Dies ist definitiv einer der historischen Romane, die mich dazu bringen, mich näher mit einem Thema zu beschäftigen und mehr Bücher zu dem Thema zu lesen.

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