Set in 1941, Clair de Lune is about a young teacher who finds her innovative ways are too much for small town Missouri.

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A Lost Novel Rediscovered
Jetta Carleton

Jetta Carleton is best known for The Moonflower Vine, a republished classic from the 1960's. Clair de Lune, also rediscovered, is an equally mesmerizing book. Carleton is able to invoke all the richness of another time and place and get inside the souls of her characters so deeply that you feel you can call them ''kin.'' I thought about the young woman Allen Liles for days after finishing this book. She haunted my heart.

This is her story, set in 1941 at the brink of WWII, in a small town in southwest Missouri.

Allen takes a job at a junior college and finds she is ably suited to be a literature teacher, even though she is barely older than the students herself. In the end, her age and free thinking will be her undoing.

Though she is an innovative teacher and shakes up the stale environment at the college with her afternoon seminars, she is also naively unaware of the fundamental requirements a small town places on a young woman alone in the 1940's. This poignant coming-of-age story reveals the tender journey women make to find themselves within the confines of societal mores and values. It is a wonderful read.

(Ages: Adult)

#28537 - Paperback Book - 276 pgs
Regularly $14.99   Sale price $11.97

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