The Giver of Stars | Jojo Moyes


ISBN: 9780399562488 | BUY HERE

A novel that takes place during the Great Depression and follows the journeys of 5 incredible women through the hills of Kentucky. A book that examines the bonds of friendship, the travails and triumphs of life during that period, and true love found during turbulence.



“With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn’t want it to end!” —Liane Moriarty,

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies“A captivating tale of love, friendship, and self-actualization.”—People

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 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.


Sharon Callaghan is a bookseller at our Vernon Hills bookstore whose specialty is children's books. “I love being in the children’s section because the children are so excited about reading—it’s especially great seeing a young child working out the letters and sounding out a word by themselves; that look of joy and accomplishment in their eyes,” says Sharon. In 2019, she was selected as a James Patterson Bookseller Bonus Program awardee—one of 500 booksellers selected from a pool of 2500 nominations.