Cover image for Clair de Lune
Title:
Clair de Lune

A Novel
Author:
Carleton, Jetta
Subject:
Fiction
Literature
Description:
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.
Publisher:
HarperCollins

Harper Perennial
Date:
2012/03/06
Digital Format:
Adobe EPUB

HTML

Kindle
Language:
English

Summary

Summary

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.


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Booklist Review

Being a college teacher was not what Allen Liles wanted to do with her life, but as a young woman in 1941 Missouri, where people are still reeling from the horrors of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, her choices are limited, and she counts herself lucky just to have a job. When she befriends two male students, though, and love is in the air, her behavior comes under the scrutiny of school officials. With her future hanging in the balance, Allen realizes she must make a choice between the security of having a job and her desire to do something more profound. Carleton (1913-99) gives us a vivid picture of the American heartland on the eve of WWII in this story about facing responsibilities and following dreams. Those who enjoyed The Moonflower Vine (1962) will recognize her nostalgia for that earlier time mixed with her disappointment over the era's limitations, especially for women. Although the rhetoric feels dated in places, the authentic, fallible characters are what make this story both enjoyable and timeless.--Ophoff, Cortney Copyright 2010 Booklist