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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 dreams of living in New York City, of dancing at recitals, of absorbing the bohemian delights of the Village. Then she encounters two young men: George, a lanky, carefree spirit, and Toby, a dark-haired, searching soul with a wary look in his eyes. Soon the three strike up an after-school friendship, bantering and debating over letters, ethics, and philosophy—innocently at first, but soon in giddy flirtation—until Allen and one of the young men push things too far, and the quiet happiness she has struggled so hard to discover is thrown into jeopardy.
I felt like a lot more could have been done with it.
Ok, there may be some backstepping for the choices of women today, but the restrictions that bright capable women lived under in those times is almost heartbreaking.
I don't like putting down a book with the thought that I just wasted my time, but admittedly, the thought crossed my mind after finishing Clair de Lune.
The book was okay, but not something I would read again. Others in my monthly book club enjoyed it, however.Published 12 months ago by pkn
This novel made me uncomfortable -- probably because it reminded me of my own first few years teaching high school -- when I was not very much older than the boys in my classes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Madelyn S. Perry
this was not as profound a novel as 'the moonflower vine.' nevertheless, it somehow held me spellbound; I found myself missing the characters at the end and wondered what became of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by pat
Soul searching, deep and wistful, a young woman's journey into herself and her place in the world. The book left me with a desire for a sequel. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nana
Not as good as Moonflower Vine, but a wonderful depiction of a the era. Characters not so well developed, but an enjoyable read.Published 22 months ago by Marilyn Coltrane