In a bit of a departure from her usual big Italian family sagas, All the Stars in the Heavens takes a look back at the glamorous Hollywood of the 1930s. The story centers around Loretta Young, Spencer Tracey and Clark Gable and the fascinating lifestyles of these rich and famous.
Of course, there is a touch of Italy – Sister Alda Ducci is asked to leave the convent and sent to work as a secretary to Loretta Young. They form a bond that spans decades, and eventually take a trip to Italy.
Much of the story is set around the filming of “The Call of the Wild,” one of the first movies filmed on location. That was where Loretta Young and Clark Gable began a long friendship and more.
Trigiani is just a magnificent story teller and I couldn’t put this book down. The story was mesmerizing and I was so intrigued about it I went and did a little research on my own. While this is fiction, it is a fictionalized account of some true events and real people, which made it all the more interesting. The golden age of Hollywood shines brightly here.
If you haven’t read Trigiani, this is a terrific place to start and if you’re already a fan, you won’t want to miss this one. I loved it.
10/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
ALL THE STARS IN THE HEAVENS by Adriana Trigiani. Harper (October 13, 2015). ISBN 978-0062319197. 464 p.