This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reviewing that also happens to be a selection from Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. Optioned to become a major motion picture, The Giver of Stars is a touching story inspired by real life events in Depression-era Kentucky. This story is considered to be something that will become a classic and I can agree that it will be something that many people will consider a perfect read.
Alice Wright left what she felt was a stifling life in England to be with Bennett Van Cleve, who whisked her away to small town Kentucky. Even though she thought this move would lead to a grander life she realizes that this is an equally claustrophobic environment. Beyond that she is also forced to live with her overbearing father-in-law. When a call goes out to ask women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice finds a way to escape. The leader of this group, who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky, Margery becomes Alice’s greatest ally. As the story unfolds we follow the lives of these women and what happens to them, as well as the men they love. By refusing to be cowed by men and flouting convention these women are truly heroic.
As I previously mentioned this story is based on true events from America’s past and Jojo Moyes has crafted a beautiful story that delves deep into the rich stories that are created in unexpected places. This is a story of female friendship that readers who love Moyes other work as well as movies such as Fried Green Tomatoes will absolutely adore. It is a read that feels comfortable and makes for the perfect read for being cuddled up inside. Though it may appear to be a larger text, it is a quick and easy read that will have you laughing, crying, and rooting for the Packhorse Librarians. You can get a copy of The Giver of Stars today.