Archive for September, 2020

The Giver of Stars by Jo Jo Moyes

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Reviewed by Doris Eith

Set in the Depression era, Alice is married to Bennet Van Cleve and lives in a small town in Kentucky. She was unhappy in England with her husband and overbearing father-in-law. Alice seeks a better life and eagerly signs on as the WPA Backpack Librarian along with four other women who travel the mountain bringing books to others. Each woman get to know the backwoods families on the route who depend on the traveling librarians. Each woman has issues as they put in grueling 15 hour days to help other people.

Margery is the organizer who has a unique personality as do the other ladies as they adjust to the way of life. Relationships and everyday life is about hardship, friendship, justice, passion and loyalty. The story is funny and heartbreaking. Based on a true event, I couldn’t put it down and await the movie.

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