Clair de Lune

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An unexpected treasure: A long-lost novel of innocence threatened, by the author of the beloved classic The Moonflower Vine

The time: 1941, at the cusp of America's entry into World War II. The place: southwest Missouri, on the edge of the Ozark Mountains. A young single woman named Allen Liles has taken a job as a junior college teacher in a small town, although she dreams of living in New York City, of dancing at recitals, of absorbing the bohemian delights of the Village. ...

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Overview

An unexpected treasure: A long-lost novel of innocence threatened, by the author of the beloved classic The Moonflower Vine

The time: 1941, at the cusp of America's entry into World War II. The place: southwest Missouri, on the edge of the Ozark Mountains. A young single woman named Allen Liles has taken a job as a junior college teacher in a small town, although she dreams of living in New York City, of dancing at recitals, of absorbing the bohemian delights of the Village. Then she encounters two young men: George, a lanky, carefree spirit, and Toby, a dark-haired, searching soul with a wary look in his eyes. Soon the three strike up an after-school friendship, bantering and debating over letters, ethics, and philosophy—innocently at first, but soon in giddy flirtation—until Allen and one of the young men push things too far, and the quiet happiness she has struggled so hard to discover is thrown into jeopardy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Arriving nearly 50 years after her bestselling debut, The Moonflower Vine, Carleton’s (1913–1999) second novel is a witty and romantic portrait of a young Midwestern woman coming to grips with adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it. Miss Allen Liles, fresh out of college, is bound by expectations. Her dream is to venture to New York City and become a writer, but because that is far from practical, she takes what her mother believes is the safest path: a teaching job at a junior college. Wanting to do more than just get by, Allen decides to make her mark on the institution by teaching a seminar on the modern American novel. When Allen forms a strong bond with two of her students, continuing to discuss literature with them outside of the confines of the classroom, and then falls for one of them, she risks everything for love, which makes Carleton’s novel appear to be just another tale of a woman’s fall from grace. Luckily, it’s much more than that. While some of Allen’s mid-book interactions with secondary characters may seem extraneous, in the end, every character serves a purpose. Moreover, there are notable similarities between Allen’s America of 1941, and the America of today. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Newly discovered, the evocative fable of a young teacher's brush with professional disaster during a simpler-seeming era. Carleton, who died in 1999 and is known for a single, bestselling book, The Moonflower Vine (1962), also, it turns out, wrote another, set in 1941 and capturing a mood of youthful passion increasingly overshadowed by war. Allen Liles, 25 and fresh out of university, takes up a job teaching English at a small-town college in Missouri, a hiatus, she hopes, before moving to New York to become a writer. Two of her brightest students, George and Toby, fall into the habit of visiting her out of hours in her apartment, where the trio loses itself in poetry, music, ideas and heady enjoyment of the night. This chaste rhapsody of exuberant idealism leads to an even closer relationship between Allen and Toby, which breaks up before it is consummated. Nevertheless, the indiscretion has been noted, and Allen quickly realizes her foolishness, vulnerability and shame. With the support of the dean, she survives this near-catastrophe and tries to conform, yet the lure of the alternative is still with her. Fine and dry, with a faint flavor of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Carleton's vignette of innocence and experience has a bright wit and perceptive charm, rendered all the more enjoyable by its retro feel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062089199
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: P.S. Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 681,776
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Jetta Carleton (1913-1999) was born in Holden, Missouri, and earned a master's degree at the University of Missouri. She worked as a schoolteacher, a radio copywriter in Kansas City, and a television advertising copywriter in New York City, and she ran a small publishing house with her husband in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Moonflower Vine is her only published novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    don't recommend this book

    I was disappointed. This book seemed unfinished at the end. I liked
    The Moonflower Vine much better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Sorry its Luna

    Luna result 1 my apologies

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    fAIR TO gOOD

    BOOK WAS BORING AT TIMES BUT WOULD READ IT AGAIN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Claire

    Bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Zander

    Nah i gtg ttyl bye

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