The time: 1941, at the cusp of America’s entry into World War II. The place: southwest Missouri, on the edge of the Ozark Mountains. A young single woman named Allen Liles has taken a job as a junior college teacher in a small town, although she dreams of living in New York City, of dancing at recitals, of absorbing the bohemian delights of the Village. Then she encounters two young men: George, a lanky, carefree spirit, and Toby, a dark-haired, searching soul with a wary look in his eyes.
Clair-de-Lune has lived all her life with her grandmother at the top of a very tall, very old building. Her mother, a ballerina, died on stage when Clair-de-Lune was a baby. Ever since that day, she has not uttered a word. Then she meets tiny, brave Bonaventure (a talking dancer-mouse) who takes her to the monastery hidden in a secret fold of Clair-de-Lune's apartment building. Magical, whimsical and delightful, this wonderful story will entertain readers of all ages from eight to 80!
Abbé Marignan is a fanatical, excitable, upright priest who believes fervently in God and that nature had been created in accordance with admirable and absolute logic. However, with the exception of nuns, the Abbé hates women. When he discovers that his niece has a lover, he seizes a formidable oak stick and sets out, by the light of the moon, to rectify the situation. But nature has other plans in store for him.