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All the Stars in the Heavens: A Novel
by Adriana Trigiani

Published: 2015-10-13
Hardcover : 464 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

People's Book of the Week

Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Nominee for Fiction

Adriana Trigiani, the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife, returns with her biggest and boldest novel yet, a hypnotic tale based on a ...

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Introduction

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

People's Book of the Week

Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Nominee for Fiction

Adriana Trigiani, the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife, returns with her biggest and boldest novel yet, a hypnotic tale based on a true story and filled with her signature elements: family ties, artistry, romance, and adventure. Born in the golden age of Hollywood, All the Stars in the Heavens captures the luster, drama, power, and secrets that could only thrive in the studio system—viewed through the lives of an unforgettable cast of players creating magic on the screen and behind the scenes.

In this spectacular saga as radiant, thrilling, and beguiling as Hollywood itself, Adriana Trigiani takes us back to Tinsel Town's golden age—an era as brutal as it was resplendent—and into the complex and glamorous world of a young actress hungry for fame and success. With meticulous, beautiful detail, Trigiani paints a rich, historical landscape of 1930s Los Angeles, where European and American artisans flocked to pursue the ultimate dream: to tell stories on the silver screen.

The movie business is booming in 1935 when twenty-one-year-old Loretta Young meets thirty-four-year-old Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild. Though he's already married, Gable falls for the stunning and vivacious young actress instantly.

Far from the glittering lights of Hollywood, Sister Alda Ducci has been forced to leave her convent and begin a new journey that leads her to Loretta. Becoming Miss Young's secretary, the innocent and pious young Alda must navigate the wild terrain of Hollywood with fierce determination and a moral code that derives from her Italian roots. Over the course of decades, she and Loretta encounter scandal and adventure, choose love and passion, and forge an enduring bond of love and loyalty that will be put to the test when they eventually face the greatest obstacle of their lives.

Anchored by Trigiani's masterful storytelling that takes you on a worldwide ride of adventure from Hollywood to the shores of southern Italy, this mesmerizing epic is, at its heart, a luminous tale of the most cherished ties that bind. Brimming with larger-than-life characters both real and fictional—including stars Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, David Niven, Hattie McDaniel and more—it is it is the unforgettable story of one of cinema's greatest love affairs during the golden age of American movie making.

Praise for All the Stars in the Heavens:

"Trigiani spins a tale of star-crossed lovers... A heartwarming tale of women's lives behind the movies." - Kirkus Reviews

"A thoroughly entertaining tale that brings Hollywood's golden age alive." -People

"A tinsel-trimmed treat for movie buffs and Trigiani fans alike." -Library Journal

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by fenlasonl (see profile) 02/22/17

 
  "All the stars in the Heavens"by Carolynr (see profile) 01/13/17

It was interesting to read this after reading a Touch of Stardust , about Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. This one is about the romance between Clark Gable and Loretta Young, although much more about... (read more)

 
by Beth4Books (see profile) 09/12/16

 
  "All the stars in heaven"by pkfabara (see profile) 07/02/16

It was like reading the supermarket movie mags.

 
  "All the stars in the Heavens"by robinweiss (see profile) 07/01/16

I liked the story line and a rather quick read. I felt it was a good break from reading the rather intense books the club has previously been reading.

 
by Surran (see profile) 01/26/16

 
  "Is it truth or fiction?"by jfwalters (see profile) 01/25/16

In mentioning real people in this book, the reader finds themselves questioning what the author made up and what is real history. It made me uncomfortable and I didn't enjoy reading this book.

 
  "All the Stars in the Heavens"by lovereading (see profile) 01/09/16

Adrianna Trigiani is a brilliant writer - why she had to resort to a Hollywood love story based on real characters is a mystery to me. The basic story was informative, some descriptions of being on location... (read more)

 
  "ALL THE STARS IN THE HEAVENS by Adriana Trigiani"by mistyviolet (see profile) 12/05/15

Although the main characters are named Clark Gable and Loretta Young, this book is much more fiction than history. Loretta Young and Clark Gable did have a child out of wedlock (probably) t... (read more)

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