Year 14, Book 61

61. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Mayes

In this novel Mayes writes a historical fictional story about the pack horse librarians of Kentucky, who delivered library books to remote parts of the state on horseback during the Depression. Alice is a Brit who marries a man from Kentucky and is now living in a remote coal mining town with a husband who won’t engage with her and his abusive father. Margery is a woman who won’t let any man push her around and who bucks all the stereotypical roles for a woman of the time. In addition to heading up the pack of librarians she fights against the corrupt coal mining practices of Alice’s father-in-law’s company putting her in the crosshairs and putting both their lives in danger.

For the most part I enjoyed this book. I thought the trial section of the book was a little silly and I really wish that Alice’s husband had been given an actual story. Even his father, although one-dimensional, is more of a character with his role of being a foil to the librarians. It would have been nice to have some real story or explanation for his indifference towards his wife and his refusal to consummate their marriage. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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