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The Giver of Stars

THE GIVER OF STARS - Jojo Moyes

“The Giver of Stars” is a novel by Jojo Moyes, published in 2019. Set in Depression-era America, the story follows the lives of a group of women who become part of the Packhorse Library Project, an initiative aimed at bringing books to rural communities in Kentucky.

The protagonist, Alice Wright, marries an American man and leaves her native England to start a new life in Baileyville, Kentucky. However, she quickly realizes that her new life is not what she had hoped for, as she struggles with a distant husband and a suffocating mother-in-law.

Desperate for purpose and independence, Alice joins the Packhorse Library Project, where she meets Margery O’Hare, a fearless and outspoken woman who leads the group of volunteer librarians. Alongside Margery and a diverse group of women, including the shy Izzy, the fiercely independent Sophia, and the troubled Beth, Alice discovers the power of friendship, solidarity, and the written word.

As the women face various challenges and obstacles, including opposition from conservative townsfolk and the harsh Appalachian wilderness, they form deep bonds and find strength in each other. Along the way, they also confront issues of sexism, racism, and social injustice, as they fight for the right to educate and empower themselves and their communities.

“The Giver of Stars” is a poignant and uplifting story about the transformative power of literature, the importance of female friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit. It celebrates the bravery and determination of the women who defied the odds to bring knowledge and hope to the isolated corners of rural America.

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