Jetta Carleton Clair de Lune: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9781455861347

Clair de Lune: A Novel

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“Complex and daring. . . . One of those books that readers wish had a sequel.” ― Jane Smiley on Jetta Carleton’s 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. Praise for The Moonflower Vine “[Carleton] captures both the beauty of the natural world and the complexities of human emotion.” ― Washington Post “A distinguished achievement.” ― Chicago Tribune “A profoundly satisfying book.” ― New York Herald Tribune

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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. 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.

About 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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