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All the stars in the heavens : a novel, Adriana Trigiani

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All the stars in the heavens : a novel
Title
All the stars in the heavens
Title remainder
a novel
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Adriana Trigiani
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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Review
  • After completing her Valentine trilogy, Trigiani (The Supreme Macaroni Company, 2013) sets her sights on Hollywood’s Golden Age, which was fueled by the star system and close monitoring of actors’ public and private lives by the dictatorial studios. While love affairs between cast members were often faked as publicity stunts, the one that blossomed between rising leading man Clark Gable and dewy-eyed ingénue Loretta Young was no illusion. The pregnancy that resulted, however, needed to be treated as one, for Gable was married, and Young’s career would have been destroyed. With the help of her trusted secretary, Alda, and her close-knit family, Young plotted an elaborate ruse to keep her daughter’s paternity a secret, all the while hoping that Gable would get a divorce and make their family whole. Based on the true story of one of Hollywood’s most enigmatic love affairs, Trigiani’s mesmerizing account of Young’s tenacity and grace teems with backstage lore and gossip, making it a must-read for fans of Hollywood’s classic movies and the legends of the silver screen. -- Haggas, Carol (Reviewed 09-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 1, p51)
  • Trigiani’s newest fictionalizes Loretta Young’s life, both through her eyes and those of an invented personal secretary, whose closeness with the actress ties the narrative threads together. The author’s (The Shoemaker’s Wife ) impeccable research and lush writing style recreates a plausible day-to-day look into the actress’s life as a staunch Catholic living and working in Hollywood, beginning in the days of the Hays Code of 1930, which imposed strict moral rules on film content. The focus is on Young’s close relationship with her mother and sisters, her affair with Spencer Tracy, her close friendship with David Niven, and most of all, her rumored romance with the married Clark Gable while shooting The Call of the Wild on location, as well as the extraordinary measures she went through to hide the subsequent pregnancy at a time when adultery and a child out of wedlock destroyed careers. Trigiani mines her own Italian roots with the character Alda Ducci, a young woman with her own secrets, who, as Loretta’s secretary and friend, navigates the trials of love and fame with her. Eminently readable and richly imagined, Trigiani’s latest will thrill her fans and surely collect new ones. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 14, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 37, p)
  • The year is 1933 and the career of movie star Loretta Young is booming nearly as much as the film industry that created her. She is one of the anointed, an A-list leading lady who is regularly cast opposite Hollywood heartthrobs such as Cary Grant and Franchot Tone. Armed with devout Catholicism and a morals clause, the actress fends off serious involvement with these irresistible—and often married—leading men, a resolve that lasts until she meets 34-year-old Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild . The married Gable falls hard for the 21-year-old actress and she with him, igniting a silver screen mythos that survives to this day. VERDICT In this historical novel, best-selling author and filmmaker Trigiani re-creates the golden age of Hollywood with the same rich, sumptuous detail that distinguished The Shoemaker's Wife . Her ability to breathe life into the luminous cast of characters, which includes Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, David Niven, and Carole Lombard, will captivate readers, then have them scouring Netflix for film classics of the 1930s. A tinsel-trimmed treat for movie buffs and Trigiani fans alike. [See Prepub Alert, 4/13/15.]— Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY --Jeanne Bogino (Reviewed October 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 16, p74)
  • A novice nun suddenly finds herself dismissed from her convent and swept up into the heady world of Hollywood's golden age. Alda Ducci did nothing to merit exile from St. Elizabeth's Infant Hospital, a haven for unwed mothers. Indeed, Alda has worked very hard these past six years: six years of helping unwed mothers give up their babies. Six years since she fled Italy with heartaches and secrets of her own. But her mother superior is convinced that Alda can never let go of her dreams to help these poor women, so she sends her out into the world to become a private secretary to actress Loretta Young. The shift from poverty to luxury jars Alda, as well as the reader, although she endeavors to see the spiritual mission beneath the glamour. Loretta welcomes Alda into her family and her home, which she shares with her three sisters and her mother, Gladys, a talented interior designer and shrewd businesswoman. Within days, Alda has become indispensable to Loretta, and the two women bond to form an indomitable team, although Loretta steals nearly every scene. Dashing men, starry-eyed ingénues, jealous spouses—all the players are well-cast as Alda helps Loretta negotiate the studio system, the Hays Code, and thwarted romances. Loretta works hard, not simply studying her lines, but often rewriting them into a code her dyslexia understands. Yet she can't help but fall in love with her every leading man. Drawn to Spencer Tracy, Loretta must lean heavily upon her Catholic faith—and friend David Niven's humor—to avoid temptation. Clark Gable proves even more difficult to resist. Trigiani (The Supreme Macaroni Company, 2013, etc.), a filmmaker as well as a bestselling novelist, spins a tale of star-crossed lovers, yet the rather flat prose dims the glow of the silver screen. A heartwarming tale of women's lives behind the movies.(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10430708
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BTCTA
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Trigiani, Adriana
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3570.R459
LC item number
A65 2015
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Secretaries
  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Target audience
adult
Label
All the stars in the heavens : a novel, Adriana Trigiani
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
453 pages
Isbn
9780062319197
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations
System control number
  • 900795281
  • (OCoLC)900795281
Label
All the stars in the heavens : a novel, Adriana Trigiani
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
453 pages
Isbn
9780062319197
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 900795281
  • (OCoLC)900795281

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