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Author: Jojo Moyes Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2019 ISBN: 9780525530206
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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 and The Peacock Emporium 


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 Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. 

What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job--bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope.  At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Think Elizabeth Bennet after Darcy’s eventual death; Alice after Gertrude; Wilbur after Charlotte. The ‘aftermath’ is a subject most writers understandably avoid, but Moyes has tackled it and given readers an affecting, even entertaining female adventure tale about a broken heroine who ultimately rouses herself and falls in love again, this time with the possibilities in her own future.  
    Maureen Corrigan, 
    Fresh Air, NPR 
  • “The genius of Moyes . . . [is that she] peers deftly into class issues, social mores, and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet there is always resolution. It’s not always easy, it’s not always perfect, it’s sometimes messy and not completely satisfying. But sometimes it is. Bobbi Dumas, NPR.org

    “Charming.
  • “Expect tears and belly laughs from Me Before You’s much-anticipated sequel.  Cosmopolitan 
  • Moyes is at her most charming here, writing with a sense of humorous affection about family dynamics among working-class Brits. . . . A Maeve Binchy for the 21st century. Kirkus Reviews
  • ‟Jojo Moyes has a hit with After You. USA Today
  • “[A] heart-tugger. Good Housekeeping
  • Jojo's work never fails to bring a smile to my face with her honesty, humour and empathy about what it is to be human—[Still Me is] a must read! Emilia Clarke
  • While the series may have started off as a romance, Jojo Moyes has turned Louisa Clark's story into one about learning to be, and to love, yourself. Bustle
  • You sobbed through Me Before You. You sped through After You. And now, Lou is back in Still Me. . . don’t miss this funny, romantic third installment. HelloGiggles
  • Entertaining, often very funny. . .  
    Newsday
  • Moyes’s easy way of making you instantly care for her characters (deeply) prevails. goop
  • Like its predecessor [Me Before You], After You is a comic and breezy novel that also tackles bigger, more difficult subjects, in this case grief and moving on. . . . We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after. Miami Herald
  • “Once again, Moyes delivers a heart-wrenching and relatable book about love and loss that will stay with you long after you’ve finished.  InStyle.com
     
  • Moyes wisely knows that life-changing events don’t always change our lives for the better. . . . After You may not be the sequel you expect, but it is the sequel you needed.  
    Entertainment Weekly

    Praise for Me Before You:
  • A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book. Anne Lamott, People
  • When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. . . . An affair to remember. The New York Times Book Review
  • An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears. O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Funny and moving but never predictable. USA Today (four stars)
  • “Jojo’s work never fails to bring a smile to my face with her honesty, humour and empathy about what it is to be human.”

    Emilia Clarke, praise for the author

  • [A] homage to the power of reading and the strength of community. . . A must-read for women's fiction. Booklist (starred)
  • An adventure story grounded in female competence and mutual support, and an obvious affection for the popular literature of the early 20th century, give this Depression-era novel plenty of appeal. . . There’s plenty of drama, but the reader’s lasting impression is one of love. Publishers Weekly

    Praise for Still Me:
  • Delightful.  
    People
  • Full of charming antics. . . Entertaining. Associated Press
     
    “Still Me offers a warm conclusion to the Me Before You trilogy. . . resulting in the best entry in the trilogy yet. . . Moyes has crafted a clear-eyed tale of self-discovery and the sacrifice required to live a life honestly in pursuit of the things you love. [It will] keep you sighing with delight to the very last page.

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About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a journalist and novelist whose books have often made the New York Times bestsellers list. Her book Me before You has now sold over thirteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.