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Women's Book Group

When Feb 18, 2011
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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"Moonflower Vine"

by Jetta Carleton

Friday February 18 @ 7 p.m. 

[*Participants are responsible for securing copies of the book. Once Upon a Time in Decorah can help.]


 Moonflower Vine



A timeless American classic rediscovered—an unforgettable saga of a heartland family.

On a farm in western Missouri during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthew and Callie Soames create a life for themselves and raise four headstrong daughters. Jessica will break their hearts. Leonie will fall in love with the wrong man. Mary Jo will escape to New York. And wild child Mathy's fate will be the family's greatest tragedy. Over the decades they will love, deceive, comfort, forgive—and, ultimately, they will come to cherish all the more fiercely the bonds of love that hold the family together.


The Washington Post - Nora Krug

It's hard to say which is more surprising: that Jetta Carleton's The Moonflower Vine is her first novel, that it's her only published novel—or that it's essentially been forgotten…The family appears to enjoy a wholesome lifestyle in which a day might center on an excursion to smoke out honeybees or marvel at the moonflowers of the title, but yearnings lurk (though in a virtuous way; one character is seduced after reading Bible verses). Among the great pleasures of the novel is watching this chaste image unravel; the other is the writing, which captures both the beauty of the natural world and the complexities of human emotion.


Jetta Carleton (1913-1999) was born 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, and she ran a small publishing house with her husband in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Moonflower Vine is her only published novel.