Allen Liles is a a farm girl, born and raised, who is determined to become a writer. She is reasonable enough to realize that she has to be more realistic, so in order to make ends meets, she takes a job working as a college professor, and puts her aspirations on the back burner.
Allen realizes quickly that teaching isn’t as bad as she had anticipated. She is only a couple of years older than her students, and she forms a bond with some of her more studious pupils, most notably George and Toby.
George and Toby are in Allen’s modern writing seminar and they become so interested in the subject matter that they often stay after class to discuss literature and the meetings quickly involve into a threesome. Allen, Toby and George start meeting at Allen’s apartment numerous times a week and go out on the town together as well. George becomes a third wheel though once Toby and Allen begin to grow closer, and it begins to seem as though Allen’s infatuation with Toby could put an end to her teaching career.
Given that Clair de Lune takes place in 1941, it is well before the time of Mary Kay Letourneau. It is easy to see how Allen’s situation could get out of hand, although at times I was shocked that she could be so naive. She seemed much too young to be a college professor but she also became a very likeable character for me.
I knew nothing about this book but I immediately volunteered to participate in the tour because I have been meaning to read Carlson’s other book, The Moonflower Vine. I knew very little about Clair de Lune and I am glad I went into it not knowing much. The simplicity of the prose really struck a chord with me and I found myself flying through the book at lightening speed. I am even more excited to read The Moonflower Vine now!
About Jetta Carleton
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
TBD: Jo-Jo Loves to Read!
TBD: Lit Endeavors