• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (March 6, 2012)
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.
Jetta Carleton was born in 1913 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. She and her husband settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they ran a small publishing house, The Lightning Tree. She died in 1999. The Moonflower Vine was, until now, her only published novel.
Jetta’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, March 6th: A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, March 12th: Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, March 13th: The Bluestocking Society
Monday, March 19th: Amused By Books
Wednesday, March 21st: BookNAround
Thursday, March 22nd: Life In Review
Friday, March 23rd: “That’s Swell!”
Monday, March 26th: The Lost Entwife
Tuesday, March 27th: Review By Lola
Wednesday, March 28th: Jo-Jo Loves to Read!
Friday, March 30th: Coffee and a Book Chick