All the Stars in the Heavens

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I've been dying to share the review of my latest read: All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani.  This was my first experience with this author, and while honestly, the beginning felt slow to me, and even after the first few chapters I still felt I could take it or leave it, I am so glad I stuck with it.  The story follows the life of Alda Ducci, a young woman who escapes her past in Italy by joining a convent in America, later to be kicked out and sent to be the personal assistant to screen actress Loretta Young.  While Alda is presented as the main character, her plotline is very much overshadowed by Loretta's, something that seemed to be true of Alda's life, as well.  All in all, I felt that the overall theme of this novel was the epic love affair between Loretta Young and Clark Gable, something that added a lot of interest and intrigue to the story. 

Trigiani is a very good storyteller, and for those who enjoy peering into the golden age of Hollywood, reading juicy details about the stars, and speculating on what is fiction and what is not, this is the book for you.  There were so many parts of this book that were quite tragic and unsatisfying - love affairs that ended badly, or never actually began, miscarriages, deaths of close friends and family members - but at the same time, the tragedy kept me reading, hoping that eventually, there would be a happy ending.  Flawlessly researched and executed, this is a novel that was out of my comfort zone at first, but I would definitely recommend it!

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