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Clair de Lune

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  414 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
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 dream
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Paperback, 276 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Harper Perennial
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Carol
2.5 Stars

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

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Jessica
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

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.

Allen Liles
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Bittersweet. That's the lingering taste of this book, rich and redolent, and when I finished, I kind of wanted to spend the rest of my Sunday in a Claire de Lune-stupor, rereading the lovely passages and wallowing in the satisfyingly sad/happy mood of the novel.

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
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Shari Larsen
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The setting for this story is southwest Missouri, 1941, before the U.S. has entered World War II. A single young woman named Allen Liles has just taken a job teaching at a junior college in a small town. She dreams of one day moving to New York and being a writer. She strikes up a friendship with two young men who are students, George, a lanky, carefree spirit, and Toby, dark-haired with a searching soul. They get together after school and on weekends, bantering and debating over books, ethics, ...more
Lydia Presley
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book charmed the pants off of me. Not literally, but you get what I'm saying.

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.
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Katherine
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 20th-century
Claire de Lune: A Novel by Jetta Carleton caught my attention with it's header: "A newly discovered Novel" which took me a second to process. It was found after the author's death in 1999, much to the surprise of everyone who thought it had been lost to a tornado. I'm very happy I decided to give this surprisingly fast read a chance.

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
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Charlie
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Clair de Lune focuses on the innocence of a pre-war generation, both locally, globally and socially. There is a longing for what was, and a dread of what is to come -- the inevitable change. It also dips into the realm of boundaries not just separated by age, but influenced by position, power, gender and career. Although Allen is close in age with her students, she struggles with her new position at the university and the proper student-teacher relationship. What's relevant is how it might play ...more
Joanne
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book started out a little slow for me, but I am so glad that I stuck it out as I found a new love and appreciation for the characters as the story developed. Young Allen isn't sure what to do with her life, but knowing that she needs to find a job to satisfy her debts, she lets her mother talk her into becoming a college professor at a small private institution. Her dreams are put on hold as she enters the world of higher education.

Allen is probably one of the youngest faculty members at th
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Jessie
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
The heroine in this story is a school teacher and I am a school teacher so I had an immediate connection. I felt her timidity at the start of school. I felt her eagerness to teach the students even more than during class time. (Oh for students who asked for more...) **stope here for spoilers*** Of course I knew she had overstepped and gone too far. I did feel a longing for her wild abandon with the boys. She had a sense of freedom that not many every experience. It was the opposite feeling when ...more
Elizabeth B
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
I love to sink my teeth into a good literary history novel but this one fell surprisingly short. I had high hopes for it but it seems that no one bothered to edit this. The bones of a quality read are all here – depth of characters, setting, descriptions- but the amount of extraneous information nearly buries it. There is the “wall of text” failing where it is just pages and pages of no movement, no action, no revelations…just some inner monologue that adds nothing or a description of a building ...more
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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.
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“And maybe it wasn't his love that brought him back, but hers. How seductive being loved could be.” 5 likes
“The night spread wide around her, filled with its wonders.” 3 likes
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