All the Stars in the Heavens

All the Stars in the Heavens

by Adriana Trigiani

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ISBN-13: 9780062319197
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 479,556
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She wrote the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she also directed. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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All the Stars in the Heavens 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 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 7 months ago
Wonderful look into the lives of the stars. Enjoyable read.
Anonymous 7 months 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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A frivolous novel about frivolous people . Repetitive and superficial .