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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Laura Moriarty

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Title:The Chaperone
Authors:Laura Moriarty
Info:Riverhead Hardcover (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (2012)

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Read this book because it got good write-ups when it first was printed. The story had some dry spots for me, so there was a time I seriously thought about giving up on the book. The writing was thought out, it just in spots did not always hold my attention. There were places in the story I wanted to shake Louise and tell her, "that is part of life, grow-up and act human." I could picture the rapidly changing world the author was writing about, so on that point I liked the author. There are a few people I know who enjoy stories set in this time-frame, so I will suggest to them that they give the book a try. I don't think much of the general public would enjoy this book. ( )
  BrendaKlaassen | Apr 27, 2015 |
A great read. ( )
  INorris | Apr 20, 2015 |
Cora is an average, conservative, 36-year-old Kansas house wife as this startling novel opens. She's traditional, respectable, and predictable in all her habits. That is until she agrees to chaperone a rebellious, crass, and totally obstinate 15-year old girl to New York City to take summer dance classes. Louise Brooks is destined for fame, but no one knows it yet. Especially not Cora, who has her hands full keeping the young thing away from speakeasies and older men. So why did Cora take on such a thankless task? Well, the truth is, Cora has a secret. A lot of them. The first being that New York City is her true home. A long time ago, Cora was taken in by the Home for Friendless Girls as an orphan. During this trip, Cora hopes to learn more about her birth family. But she learns far more than that.

Masterfully crafted, this novel captivates from the very beginning. The author flawlessly brings to life the generation where EVERYTHING changed. A sweeping story that pictures side by side the glittering lights of Hollywood and the grittiness of the Dustbowl. ( )
2 vote Juva | Apr 5, 2015 |
plenty of turns and twists in this story about a mother with a little extra time on her hands that decides to accompany an aquaintances daughter to New York for a month long dance study. Morality, birth control, sexuality and acceptance of all different lifestyles and their restrictions come up in this turn of the century story. ( )
1 vote Lilalu | Jan 14, 2015 |
Read this book once, and then re-read for a book club meeting. The story centers on Cora Kauffman Carlisle as she chaperones Louise Brooks oin NYC, and then Cora's life upon her return home. This is historical fiction: Louise Brooks' story is true but Cora's is fictional. Very detailed during the NYC stay, but following that it goes very fast through the years. ( )
1 vote cindyb29 | Jan 13, 2015 |
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When a lovely woman stoops to folly, she can always find someone to stoop with her but not always someone to lift her up again to the level where she belongs. - "Mr. Grundy", For Atlantic Monthly 1920

It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy-it increased her value in his eyes. - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, 1925

There is not Garbo! There is no Dietrich! There is only Louise Brooks! - Henri Langlois, 1955
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The first time Cora heard the name Louise Brooks, she was parked outside the Wichita Library in a Model-T Ford, waiting for the rain to stop.
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Only a few years before becoming a famous actress, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Witchita to make it big in NY. 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 store for: Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob and bangs, is known for her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spent together will change their lives forever. For Cora, NY holds the promise of self-discovery, and even as she does her best to watch Louise in a strange and bustling city, she embarks on her own mission. 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. (ARC)
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"A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives"--

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