The Moonflower Vine

The Moonflower Vine

A Novel

Paperback - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:

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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2009.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
ISBN: 9780061673238
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xii, 318, 12 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smiley, Jane


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Mar 08, 2017

Love this book. After reading the library copy, I had to buy my own. A new all time favorite. Lovely, intimate portraits of different members of a seemingly ordinary family. Each chapter, told from the perspective of a different member of the family, reveals details that illuminate the characters from previous chapters. I found something to love in each of the complex and interesting characters, even the ones who appeared to be unlovable in the early chapters. A beautiful portrait of a family.

Nov 24, 2012

I wasnt terribly impressed by this book except it did capture the lifes of the people who lived in that time. It was almost like re-living my life. Lives governed for the most part by religions but not entirely lived by the religious concepts---a two way street so to speak. Do as I say not as I do. I can appreciate the struggles of the people in the story to better themselves and having to fight all the way. Living then was fun at times when you were a child growing up on the farm and the freedom to roam the countryside. OK read

Nov 07, 2012

This was a choice by the Women Lawyers book club. I thought it got nowhere and could not find all the deep meaning in it that some of them did.

phyllisdg Sep 03, 2011

A very good read. Each charactrer told their story and the segments flowed seamlessly from past to present. I think it would be an interesting book for discussion. I felt like a fly on the wall and really got into the heart of the characters - flaws and all. Glad I read it. It is nothing like the cover.

Jan 16, 2011

Took a little while to get into but I really loved this book by the end.


Add a Summary

May 08, 2012

I loved this novel. Set in Missouri, I easily identified with some of the settings in the book. And the characters! Oh my goodness, they are clearly drawn and engaging. Carlton uses humor, suspense, pathos, and metaphors that delight. How sad that this is her only novel.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SLPL

To Top