All the Stars in the Heavens: A Novel

All the Stars in the Heavens: A Novel

by Adriana Trigiani


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Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Nominee for Fiction

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.


Praise for All the Stars in the Heavens:

"Trigiani spins a tale of star-crossed lovers... A heartwarming tale of women's lives behind the movies." -Kirkus Reviews

"A thoroughly entertaining tale that brings Hollywood's golden age alive." -People

"A tinsel-trimmed treat for movie buffs and Trigiani fans alike." -Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062319203
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 141,919
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her "dazzling" novels, (USA Today) Adriana Trigiani is “a master of palpable and visual detail” (Washington Post) and “a comedy writer with a heart of gold” (New York Times). She is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books in fiction and nonfiction, published in 38 languages, making her one of the most sought after speakers in the world of books today.

Adriana is also an award-winning film director and screenwriter, playwright, and television writer and producer. Her screen adaptation of her bestselling novel Very Valentine premiered on Lifetime television in June 2019, launching their National Book Club. In 2018, she directed the feature film Then Came You, filmed on location in the Highlands of Scotland. She wrote and directed the award-winning major motion picture Big Stone Gap, based on her debut novel, filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. Big Stone Gap spent 11 weeks in theatres in the fall of 2015 and was the #2 top-grossing romantic comedy of the year. She wrote and directed the documentary film, Queens of the Big Time, winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons and Palm Springs International Film Festivals. Adriana co-founded The Origin Project, an in-school writing program which serves over 1,700 students in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. She lives in New York City with her family.

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All the Stars in the Heavens 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book at my daughter's recommendation. Becoming curious about the affair between Gable and Young, I did some research on their relationship as it turns out, there was no grand love affair, tender cuddles, nor great love between them. In her later years, Loretta Young confessed to her daughter, Judy Lewis, that Gable was her father. She also confessed that Judy was conceived through date rape. Gable was not torn up about not being able to be a father to Judy. I believe she never met him. He abandoned both Young and Lewis and continued his womanizing. It's possible that Young was a teaser who didn't deliver on her promises, but no woman deserves to be raped. After I read this and learned the truth, it was difficult to continue with the book. The real Gable and the fictional one are so completely different, I found it almost annoying. I would recommend that anyone who reads this books keeps a firm grip on the idea that it is almost complete fiction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and loved every one of Adriana Trigiani's books but this one meant the most to me. As a child growing up I'd go to my Noni's apartment after school every day. And after having some Italian coffee and biscotti I'd watch the Loretta Young Theatre on my Noni's little TV. It was the highlight of my day. It is one of my best childhood memories. I loved my Noni & I loved my time with Loretta Young everyday. So thank you Adriana for this beautifully written book and for making remember a wondderful memory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very very good I read it in a day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read that portrayed the golden days of Hollywood. The allure and romance of life in Hollywood as well as the stars' challenges of living with the restrictions and power wielded by the movie moguls were described in detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a charming and interesting book, it was a glamorous time but so restrictive. The studios and moguls could destroy an actors film career. There were different standards for male and female actors. I found it interesting that Ms. Young was so religious but had adulterous affairs. It is also sad that she could not bring herself to tell her daughter the truth. It was a good story and I enjoyed the drama of that era. Now actors proudly show off their numerous affairs. I Wonder what they would think of the actors today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed her earlier books better
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Reading Adriana Trigiani's newest novel All The Stars In The Heavens feels like watching a fascinating Turner Classic Movies documentary. I felt like putting on my best peignoir, slipping on my feathered mules, applying the reddest shade of lipstick, and mixing myself a martini garnished with olives as I dove into the story-behind-the-story of Loretta Young and Clark Gable's forbidden Hollywood romance while reclining on my bedroom chaise. Loretta Young was a hardworking, well-known young actress when she was cast as the thirteen-years-older Clark Cable's love interest in the movie The Call of The Wild. The movie was to be shot on location in a remote area near Seattle. Young's assistant, the former-almost-nun-until-she-was-told-by-Mother-Superior-that-she-was-not-nun-material Alda Ducci accompanied Loretta. They were among the very few women on the set, so they managed to attract the attentions of more than a few of the men. Clark Gable avidly pursued Loretta, even though he was married. Loretta had just ended a romantic, though chaste, relationship with actor Spencer Tracy and even though she had a reputation for falling a little bit in love with her leading men, she was determined not to do so with Gable. She resisted until she couldn't anymore, and when Loretta and Gable traveled to Seattle to be witnesses to a wedding between Alda and a set painter after a whirlwind romance, she gave in. The affair had long-lasting consequences, and although Gable promised that he was going to divorce his wife to be with Loretta, he strung Loretta along. Loretta had a career to worry about, and home wrecker would not look good in the tabloids or on her resume. There were so many things I loved about All The Stars In The Heavens, it could be a multi-part post, but I will just touch on the highlights. The novel takes real people and a true story and imagines what really happened, and those kind of stories I find irresistible when done well, and Trigiani aims high and hits a home run here. I love Hollywood behind-the-scenes-stories, and to see a different side of have such unforgettable characters as Young, Gable, a young David Niven, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy and Hattie McDaniel was thrilling. The scene with Gable and Hattie McDaniel on the set of Saratoga, the 1937 movie where Jean Harlow died on set, made me giddy. We see their bantering and flirting, and now I remember why I loved the scenes between Mammy and Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind so much. (GWTW is my favorite movie!) Women in Trigiani's books are strong women, and always strive to have a career. Here we see that Loretta worked hard to support her mother and sisters, and invested her money in real estate. How many women (or men) in Hollywood were smart enough to do that? Loretta's mother, a single mom, had to raise her four daughters, and built a stellar career in real estate investment and interior design. She was a terrific example for her girls, and Trigiani's protagonists are good examples for women to work hard and follow their dreams to get ahead. I could go on and on, but I'll just tell you that I loved that Trigiani has stepped up her already stellar game in All The Stars In The Heavens, and you will lose yourself in a dazzling Hollywood love story that will have you googling Loretta Young/Clark Cable to find out the story that inspired this gorgeous novel. I give it my highest recommendation.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Great story of past,,,,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful look into the lives of the stars. Enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one spins a tale like Ms Trigiani. You will be captivated from the first paragraph. A real page turner. I couldn’t put I t down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every page! It captured me from the moment I started to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether it is true or not this is a wonderful story to take you back in time. The writer did a wonderful job painting the world with her words. Thank you for writing this book so that I had the pleasure to read it. In a world full of such hateful people and ruthless behavior it is nice to have a fantasy world to escape to. On personal note: It is and unfounded rumor about the rape story because all involved were deceased when the supposed story came to light. Either way this author posted this as a FICTION book and even put the disclaimer in the book. Leaving the author bad feedback based on a rumor and belief of this book is rude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adriana puts you smack dab in place and time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was quite disappointed with this book and didn't finish it. There was too much trite exposition, and for characters who really lived, the characterization seemed so flat and unbelievable. There was too much glossing over of the truth in an attempt to make these stars more appealing. The "snappy dialogue" the author was trying to capture didn't ring true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed that this was based on a true story, and took us back ro the golden days of Hollywood.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
good story, my Book Club picked this book, I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent and enjoyable ......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is garbage; not worth reading.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Trigian's books but found this one difficult to read. In part because it is so melodramatic and repetitive, but mostly because the romantic story line between 2 real people is so far from the reality of their lives. Young was raped by Gable , there was no consensual sexual relationship between them. I am not going to finish reading the book as I find this twisted tale insulting and gossipy in a way I avoid. I just wish B&N offered refunds on Nook downloads. Shame on the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A look behind the scenes of Hollywood, but not contemporary Hollywood, old Hollywood! The days of Clark Gable and Loretta Young and the times of Hollywood when actors were almost assets of a studio and the business of Hollywood was very different then what it is today. Even though the book definitely focuses on the "relationship" between Loretta and Clark, I enjoyed reading about the directors, scene painters, costume and make up and the other characters involved in the movie business. Although the book had some absolute ups and downs, if you know me at all, you know that I love any behind the scenes look, whether that be Hollywood or the middle of nowhere, I like the opportunity to take a peak behind closed doors - even if it is in fiction! This book made me want to go watch the movies that are made during this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true love story that could not be in it's time.
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