All the Stars in the Heavens

All the Stars in the Heavens

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 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 Heaven 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: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062419903
0062419900
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (14hr., 35 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Brown, Blair
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TheresaAJ
Dec 14, 2015

Trigiani transports the reader to 1930s Hollywood where a young Loretta Young falls in love with Clark Gable on an isolated movie set filming The Call of the Wild on Mount Baker. A secret baby, Judy, is born from this romance which could abruptly end Loretta's career if the little girl is publicly acknowledged. The author shares Loretta's story from her first movie in 1917 to her death in 1987. Along the way, the reader witnesses an ever-changing Hollywood from the silent movie era to television to VHS.

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