It’s a tour day today, and I have Adriana Trigiani’s latest release, All the Stars in the Heavens!All the Stars in the Heavens: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani
Published by Harper on October 13th 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction
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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—that dazzles with the signature elements of her previous work—family ties, artistry, romance, adventure—and introduces an unforgettable new heroine: Loretta Young, an ambitious starlet struggling to survive in Hollywood’s dream factory.
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 assistant, 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.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
All the Stars in the Heavens is the story of a young woman who’s told her calling really isn’t, and sent to Hollywood to be the personal assistant to a famous actress.
Aldi Ducci planned to become a nun to atone for her past, but is told she’s not a good fit. Sent to Los Angeles, she joins the Young household as personal assistant to Loretta Young. Aldi has to find her footing – life in Hollywood is very different from the convent she left; she also has to figure out the movie business as Loretta’s assistant.
I liked Aldi’s trusting heart and gentle nature, and I really enjoyed watching her story unfold. There were times I wished All the Stars in the Heavens didn’t include movie stars; their drama eclipses just about everything else that’s going on… And with Loretta Young’s ill-fated love affair with Clark Gable as one of the main storylines, there’s drama aplenty between these covers.
Trigiani portrays Young as romantic and slightly naive, and I can’t complain as I didn’t know much about Loretta Young – other than she was a beautiful and prolific actress. Her two great romances brought only heartbreak and scandal, along with a healthy dollop of angst and self-recrimination. There were quite a few times I wished I could reach into the book and smack her upside the head, so she’d quite being so, well, dramatic. Then I remembered she’s an actress.
I would’ve enjoyed All the Stars in the Heavens more if there weren’t quite so much angst and drama; those of you who’ve been here before know I’m not a fan of either. I actually wanted more of Aldi’s story, I felt like she was short-changed because of the focus on Young and Gable. But that’s not to say that those of you who like a well-spun tale of love and loss won’t love All the Stars in the Heavens! So grab a copy, and feel free to come back and let me know what you thought. 🙂
drey’s rating: Pick it up!
Have you read All the Stars in the Heavens? What did you think?