Clair de Lune

Clair de Lune

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by Jetta Carleton, Natalie Ross
     
 

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With its atmospheric story of small-town dreams and romance, Clair de Lune weaves an irresistible spell of longing, hope, love, and nostalgia. A newly discovered novel by Jetta Carleton, Clair de Lune will delight the legions of readers who have treasured her first—and, until now, only—published novel, The Moonflower Vine. A bookSee more details below

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With its atmospheric story of small-town dreams and romance, Clair de Lune weaves an irresistible spell of longing, hope, love, and nostalgia. A newly discovered novel by Jetta Carleton, Clair de Lune will delight the legions of readers who have treasured her first—and, until now, only—published novel, The Moonflower Vine. A book of unsurpassable literary fiction, Clair de Lune is sure to strike a chord with readers of Nancy Turner’s These Is My Words, Alice McDermott’s After This, and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife.

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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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ISBN-13:
9781455861354
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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