The Moonflower Vine Author:Jetta Carleton Second Printing — Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 62-19080 — From the book flap: — The Moonflower Vine is Jetta Carelton's first novel. — It's subject seems an almost radical departure: it is about a family whose members love and respect one another, who have loyalty in their bones and a gift from the gods - a peaceful time and place to live... more » in (the novel is set in Missouri over the past fifty years) and the ability to love life with passion and delight.
There are the parents, Matthew and Callie Soames, who come newly married to a Missouri farm, who leave it for a town nearby (Matthew is a schoolteacher), return to it, raise their children, live a marriage, deceive each other, comfort each other, and even, in the end, understand each other.
There are the daughters - Jessica, Leonie, Mary Jo - who grow up loving their parents and wanting to escape from them, and who find escape, each in her own way. And there is the fourth daughter, Mathy, whose fate is the central family tragedy and whose life is the secret center of the novel.
How to describe the particular quality of this book - its beauty, its grace, and its strength. The Moonflower Vine is written with entire honesty: it portrays - without a trace of false sentimentality - the struggle, common to every human being, of coming to terms with one?s own nature. But it is also written in celebration - of laughter, music, breakfast, weather, home, the moments of joy, which are much a part of life as violence and despair. In the book, as in life, people hurt one another. But there is joy, too. There is the moment among others, when the moonflowers bloom.« less
I just finished this book and would definitely recommend it!
It took me a while to actually get into it but I'm glad I stuck it out!
The book takes place over 50 years and follows the Soames family starting around 1900. It is an interesting book in the way it is set upâ¦ each character has a section of the book to more or less tell their story. As you read you see their lives intertwine and at times get tangled and knotted too. You watch as consequences of long ago choices and actions affect others in the familyâ¦both good and bad.