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The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton
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Jul 27, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 27 to 28, 2011

A light, quick yet very satisfying read that ventures into the individual and collective pysches of the members of the Soames family - a rural, hard-working, generally God-fearing clan in Missouri around the turn of the century. Ultimately, a story about love and moral dilemma, written through the various perspectives of each family member. The author's narrative style was delightful, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley writes in the Forward "It was complex and daring when it was first published, and it remains so in the twenty-first century - a delicate and loving exploration of some of the most sensitive topics of family life, presented in a straightforward style that is remarkable for its beauty and moral precision" (viii). Included on Brad Bigelow's website:

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