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The ChaperoneA Captivating Novel About The Woman Who Chaperoned An Irreverent Louise Brooks To New York City In 1922, And The Summer That Would Change Them Both Only A Few Years Before Becoming A Famous Actress And An Icon For Her Generation, A Fifteen Year Old Louise Brooks Leaves Wichita To Make It Big In New York Much To Her Annoyance, She Is Accompanied By A Thirty Six Year Old Chaperone Who Is Neither Mother Nor Friend Cora Carlisle Is A Complicated But Traditional Woman With Her Own Reasons For Making The Trip She Has No Idea What She S In For Young Louise, Already Stunningly Beautiful And Sporting Her Famous Blunt Bangs And Black Bob, Is Known For Her Arrogance And Her Lack Of Respect For Convention Ultimately, The Five Weeks They Spend Together Will Change Their Lives Forever For Cora, New York Holds The Promise Of Discovery That Might Prove An Answer To The Question At The Center Of Her Being, And Even As She Does Her Best To Watch Over Louise In A Strange And Bustling City, She Embarks On Her Own Mission And While What She Finds Isn T What She Anticipated, It Liberates Her In A Way She Could Not Have Imagined Over The Course Of The Summer, Cora S Eyes Are Opened To The Promise Of The Twentieth Century And A New Understanding Of The Possibilities For Being Fully Alive.

Laura Moriarty earned a degree is social work before returning for her M.A in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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  • Hardcover
  • 569 pages
  • The Chaperone
  • Laura Moriarty
  • English
  • 15 May 2017
  • 9781410448484

10 thoughts on “The Chaperone

  1. says:

    I really liked so much of this book including Elizabeth McGovern s excellent narration , but it just went on so long I felt like it had several false endings, places where I was finished but then it kept going.Maybe the probelm is just that I didn t expect an epic when I began The story covers almost 50 years of Cora s life in a great deal of detail And while I find the 20th century interesting background, I was frustrated at Moriarty s need to touch on so many different issues Prohibition, adoption, gay rights, reproductive rights, suffrage Add to that, Cora happens to witness or read about dozens of historical event...

  2. says:

    When one reads the name of Louise Brooks on the jacket of a book, one assumes that the book will be filled with tales of the glamorous silent movie star who went to seed too fast but remained proud and arrogant till her death The fact that the name of the book is The Chaperone hinted to me that the story might involve Louise Brooks influencing her dowdy chaperone and introducing her to the big bad beautiful world of New York City That makes for okay reading Luckily for me, the book in no way took that turn Instead it focused on the life of Cora Carlisle, a proper married lady from Wichita, who accompanies Louise on her journey to New York but really goes to find truths, freedom, and a broader mind That s not including all the things she didn t count on finding On first meeting Cora in the book, one assumes she s a well bred woman of society who is happily married, enjoys ladies luncheons and teas, and has a keen eye on the world around her With Louise being the bubbly, obnoxious, carefree teenager, it was easy to think that Cora would be the stark opposite with a spotless background As the book progresses, we see Cora s strengths and, importantly, her vulnerabilities in marvellous ways Cora came to Kansas from an orphan house in New York City with no knowledge whatsoever of her real family Her teenage years were marked by the tragic loss of her adoptive par...

  3. says:

    Corsets, yes Condoms, no Times are changing in 1922, but repressive attitudes linger Birth control is for sleazy people Divorce carries a permanent stigma Homosexuals are called sodomites, and face severe consequences if found out The Volstead Act Prohibition is strongly enforced, and abstinence a virtue Like most people in Wichita, Cora Carlisle adheres to these conventions out of habit, and fear of being ostracized by the community Along comes sassy little Louise Brooks Beautiful, talented, ambitious and brazen She s ready to take on New York City, but she s only fifteen, so Cora is sent along to make sure Louise maintains the proper decorum The five weeks they spend together in New York help to launch Louise s career as a silent film sensation In subtle and unexpected ways, the trip serves as a catalyst for changes in Cora s attitudes and lifestyle Cora is the chaperone, and this is her story Laura Moriarty writes with quiet elegance about the changes in the roles of women and societal norms She shows not only the contrast between 36 year old Cora and 15 year old Louise, but also the differences between Wichita and New York City in that era Most interesting and distressing to me was seeing the way people had to live a lie in the public eye in order to gain a measure of happiness in private So many things were frowned upon, and often illegal, that people had to feign moral rectitude while taking great risk...

  4. says:

    First off, I am a sucker for historical fiction I really, really liked this book Cora Carlisle the chaperone is a great character I felt as though I knew Cora and was completely wrapped up in her life There was one twist in the stor...

  5. says:

    Cora Carlisle is a fictionalized character, as The Chaperone , in this story to Louise s Brooks who in real life was a film actress and dancer who starred in 17 silent films and 8 sound films before she retired in 1938 Author Laura Moriaty created a really engaging tale about a journey that Louise Brooks Cora might have taken together to New York Louise was only 15 years old when she auditioned for the famous Denishawn Dance Company in 1922 In read life Louise did get hired with the company that year as a 15 year old For the purpose of this storyall girls underage no matter how mature or precocious they might be we re not allowed to be on their own.Coming from Wichita, Kansas, all young performers had a chaperone.Cora Carlisle, was married with twin boys Her boys were older going off to College and no longer needed her in the way young children do Cora told her husband she was taking this summer job instead of consulting with him which provides for a little mystery from the start The Brooks would cover all the expenses a little mystery around this family too Louise is very self centered at the start of the book It s almost no wonder her mother seems happy to send her off not being the one to take her herself Louise is bright, talented, precocious, and will try stretch every possible rule She exemplifies the Jazz Age flapper g...

  6. says:

    It s the summer of 1922 in Wichita, Kansas, and thirty six year old Cora Carlisle is bored Her twin sons are preparing to leave for college, and she doesn t have anything to do with her time except various charity functions Then she learns that her neighbor s fifteen year old daughter has been accepted to a summer dance program in New York, and needs someone to accompany the girl as a chaperone Cora volunteers for the job, but has motives other than just an excuse to get out of Kansas for the summer Cora s own history began in New York, and she goes there hoping to answer some questions about her past In the meantime, though, she will stay busy keeping an eye on her charge headstrong, independent, fifteen year old Louise Brooks, who is only a few years away from becoming a Hollywood superstar I picked this up expecting it to be a light, fun romp in the vein of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day just two ladies being modern and fun and generally having a blast in a pre WWII setting What I got was somethingpretty different It feels unfair to say that the synopsis felt like a bait and switch it s called The Chaperone...

  7. says:

    4 I would describe this story as a woman s journey of self discovery as she is entering a mid life crisis at the dawn of the twentieth century A voyage to discover truths about her beginnings which will change the set course of her life as she knows and expects It will lead to one focused on greater personal fulfillment and meaning rather than other s expectations or strictures Cora is wearing a tight corset during this quest which is mentioned often It s uncomfortable constrictions offer a symbolism to all the things about her life that are keeping her confined Prohibition and widespread lack of sexual information and women s health mirror the general restrictions and prohibitions women were subject to at the time, especially ones lacking the preferred background pedigree When she travels to New York as chaperone to a young, rebellious Louise Brooks, her eyes begin to open to the changes coming in society s s and challenge her to l...

  8. says:

    I can t recommend this book to any of my friends SPOILER ALERT There is a bit of a spoiler in the next paragraph.There are a couple of themes going on in this book The first is knowing oneself How do we know who we are Cora, abandoned as a child, felt compelled to find her birth mother because she thought it would help her to feel complete Louise, raised by two parents, seemed to have the background that Cora envied The author did a good job exploring the lives and backgrounds of the two characters and how they found that sense of self, or did not find it.The other theme was morality Set in the 20 s, morality was black and white If something was bad that was it, there were no shades of gray As Cora went through life, those lines began to blur She was very judgmental in the beginning of the novel and became aware and accepting as she matured It was interesting to see the contrast between her and Louise, who because of life s unfairness, had a distinct lack of morality The real life character, Louise, however, had very real consequences for her actions, but Cora, the fictional character, had a better life as she became accepting of immorality I read a review on Goodreads earlier The reviewer mentioned that the historic information was sometimes put in as an aside she said, It was jarring every time I agree The author also covered large blocks of time and often it seemed r...

  9. says:

    Yuck Would not recommend this book at all I would put this book in the category of I wasted my time reading it so you do not have to LOL This book is loosely historical fiction, but then has modern sensitivities and opinions inserted, like a bait and switch, or a wolf in sheep s clothing, or any other sort of metaphor or imagery along these lines you may care to use It purports to be about Louse Brooks the silent screen star of the 1920s and her trip to NYC from Kansas City, and how her mother hires a local woman to be her chaperone The story is told from the point of view of this chaperone And it goes off on tangents about how chaperone herself was originally from NYC, but was an orphan, sent out on the orphan trains to the Midwest, and was adopted by a farm family outside of Kansas City So, on this trip back to NYC, she tries to go to the children s home where she had lived and tries to find information about her birth family All of this is fine Until the book turns, and becomes about a how chaperone lady s husband is really gay, and has a longstanding affair with a gay friend of his, and chaperone comes to accept this b chaperone lady coexists in the home in Kansas City, after returning from NYC with husband and gay lover, and her own lover, a man she has met in NYC and brings back with her.so all 4 basically live together, happily ever after c author inserts pl...

  10. says:

    Realmente este libro a sido toda una sorpresa En ning n momento cre que fuera a gustarme tanto, ni a sorprenderme como lo ha hecho Seg n la sinopsis, acompa amos por un mes a Cora y a Louise Brooks a Nueva York, pero hacemos mucho m s que eso vemos la prohibici ...

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