The Giver of Stars
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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.
The story follows the 5 women that ran the library for 6 years; delivering books to the poor and uneducated in the hills and contributing to the literacy of thousands of people, including chiildren who didn't attend school.
It is mostly about two women; one an English woman who moved to Kentucky with her American husband after he swept her off her feet in England; and the other, a daughter from an moonshining family with a violent and lawless past. The two women become friends and help each other through some of the hardest times of their lives.
The novel addresses the prejudices against women, blacks and the poor and illiterate.
It was interesting and I learned a lot about that part of the US.
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