All the Stars in the Heavens

All the Stars in the Heavens

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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 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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780062319197
0062319191
Characteristics: 453 pages :,illustration

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megfly28
Feb 11, 2017

I feel that Trigiani was arrogant to write this book in the first place. Add to that, she never acknowledges the fact that there are many who believed Young's daughter was actually the product of date rape. At best, I can say this book is slow and rambling. It's an unethical interpretation of the "relationship" between Gable and Young. Romanticizing date rape is harmful to the young women of Trigiani's demographic. I'm disappointed in an author whose previous work I found interesting if not enjoyable. I would have much rather read a feminist interpretation of the real events. A strong and independent woman struggling with a secret in a society where there was no term for the violation she experienced. Do better, Trigiani.

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alliesleeps
Sep 26, 2016

I didn't feel like I really knew the characters when I finished the book. The content was mildly interesting, and it was well-written throughout, but I never was that deeply invested and the glamorous movie stars Clark Gable and Loretta Young were not real flesh-and-blood people to me.

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s390325
May 02, 2016

This was an engaging story that kept me up for several hours to find out "what happens". After reading it, I did a little reading on Wikipedia about the real actress Loretta Young and her life, and realized that there was a very thin framework of facts in the novel around which the author wove complex relationships and emotions. I know there was a disclaimer on the back of the title page that this was a work of fiction (and yes, I did read that before starting the book). However, I think the 1930s is too recent for historical fiction. Maybe using the same framework of known facts and different names would have made it more palatable. I don't think I would have picked up the book if it had not been for the picture and mention of Clark Gable and Loretta Young, so in the end, I was annoyed that I spent time reading and "learning" about the lives of famous actors and their families, only to realize that very little of the story was real.

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cknightkc
Nov 12, 2015

ALL THE STARS IN THE HEAVENS is a charming, easy read about the reputed love affair between Loretta Young and Clark Gable whose real-life daughter was one of the worst-kept secrets of its day. It'll appeal to fans of the golden age of Hollywood and Turner Classic Movies. Before I started ALL THE STARS..., I thought it'd be quite a departure from previous novels I'd read by author Adriana Trigiani however she still managed to include aspects and characters reflective of her Italian roots in this book as well (no matter how far the stretch).

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Audrey1976
Nov 05, 2015

This is a delightful work of fiction based on the real life romance between Loretta Young and Clark Gable, which resulted in one of the best kept Hollywood secrets ever - a love child that Young later "adopted" from an orphanage. If you enjoy the stories and characters from the old Hollywood era, this book is for you.

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