Clair de Lune: A Novel
The author (Jetta Carleton) writes in chapter one that Allen Liles is a fictional character, but not all of the story is imagined.....part of it is her own.
Set in 1941 southern Missouri near the Ozark Mountains (JC's home town) 25 year old Allen has just accepted her first real job as a junior college teacher where she finds her proud self a good ten years younger than some of her colleagues and more like twenty or thirty than others.
This coming-of-age story is about inappropriate stude...more
Jetta Carleton is the author of a little-known but well-loved novel called The Moonflower Vine. It was, so far as anyone knew, her only book. After her death, her family looked for the manuscript she had been working on but assumed it was lost in a tornado. However, the manuscript was bequeathed to an old friend and has since fallen into the hands of Harper Perennial. And thus we have Clair de Lune.
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Hope, optimism, and innocence are themes of this book, along with passion, delight in literature, and the joy of finding kindred souls. Barbara Allen Liles -- called Allen -- becomes a teacher at a junior college in an unnamed town in sou ...more
I found an instant connection with Allen Liles -her love of reading, her passion for teaching. Set in a time period that boasts of innocence we've lost today, Clair de Lune also deals with adult themes that threaten the charming atmosphere of the book in a way that provides just the right amount of tension without overpowering the story.
Honestly, I felt like I was transported back into the world of my grandparents. ...more
Allen is probably one of the youngest faculty members at th ...more
Claire De Lune is first and foremost, a classic coming-of-age tale. Set as the second world war approaches the United States, the story follows the female protago ...more
I have to give the book a bit of a break since it was not a fini ...more
This book was not published until after her death. I didn't like it as much as her previous book. I did think that it was well written. It tells the story of a young woman who gets a job at a junior college just before the outbreak of World War II. She gets in trouble with the administration when it is rumored that she is having an inappropriate relationship with t ...more
allen liles is hired as a professor at a community college in missouri. she is young and vibrant and not much older than her students.
she soon befriends two young proteges and they often find themselves walking around town having philosophical and academic discussions.
the story is set in 1941 as america is on the cusp of entering WWII. but this is really a story about allen finding her calling in life. of living your life for yo ...more
One-book-wonder Jetta Carleton was actually a two-book wonder, as it turns out. A draft manuscript for Clair de Lune (then called The Back Alleys of Spring), was discovered in the custody of an old friend of Carleton’s and published in 2012 by Harper Perennial after some “cleaning up.”
It’s a slighter work than The Moonflower Vine, but for me more enjoyable to read, simply because I identified with the main character, Allen, a community college instructor, and her desire to escape the small-minde ...more
Clair de Lune, Jetta Carleton’s last and thought to be lost (blown away in a 2003 tornado) novel finally came to print in 2012 and surely the world of literature is a better place for it.
This is a leisurely slow read that plays out like a 1940's black and white film, extremely written and cinemat ...more
Uncovered fifty years later and published twenty years after the author's death, Clair de Lune is an absolutely gorgeous piece of writing, and it's the kind of book that made me wish I was back in college again, selecting this book to read for my thesis instead of what I did pick.
Jetta Carleton was the bestselling author of The Moonflower Vine in the early 1960s, which captured readers instantly. At some point, history seeme ...more
The teacher in me was beside myself that Allen would be this careless. You are their teacher and you need to be friendly without being a friend. And you can NEVER think of them romantically!!!! When they are on the other side of the desk, they can be the best looking person ever but they still ugly. But th ...more
Miss Allen Liles has recently accepted a position to teach at a local junior college, located in the foothills of the Ozarks. On the eve of WWII, positions are scarce – especially when you are a woman. Luckily, Miss Liles is an instant favorite with her students, because of her love of poetry and exuberance towards literature. But her position is put in jeopardy when a more than friendly relationship develops between her and 2 of her students – George and ...more