A long-lost novel of innocence threatened, by the author of the beloved classic The Moonflower Vine. Found after her death.
This novel is set in 1941 prior to America’s entry into WWI at a southwest Missouri junior college. The author takes a note or two from her own life and writes about a young single woman teaching English in Missouri but yearning for a writing career in New York City. Allen Liles has taken a job as a junior college teacher in a small town, although she dreams of living in New York City. She has always done what was expected of her by her family and by society. Then she meets 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, enjoying current music such as Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Everything is innocent at first, but soon develops into a giddy flirtation, despite the rules of teacher conduct especially for a young female teacher with her own apartment off campus. Will Allen follow her heart or conform to everyone’s expectations of her?