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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
Collections:Read but unowned
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Tags:family, relationships, lgbt, New England, US, 1920s, orphans, New York, adoption, historical fiction

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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (2012)

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A layered story filled with twists, this book is a story of life and love (in all its many forms), addressing many controversial issues that are still, unfortunately, relevant today. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
A layered story filled with twists, this book is a story of life and love (in all its many forms), addressing many controversial issues that are still, unfortunately, relevant today. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
A layered story filled with twists, this book is a story of life and love (in all its many forms), addressing many controversial issues that are still, unfortunately, relevant today. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
Favorite quote “That's what spending time with the young can do - it's the big payoff for all the pain. The young can exasperate, of course, and frighten, and condescend, and insult, and cut you with their still unrounded edges. But they can also drag you, as you protest and scold and try to pull away, right up to the window of the future, and even push you through.”

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Between 1853 and 1929, more than 250,000 children rode the “Orphan Train” to new lives. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
Good, not great. Very interesting in the first two thirds of the book. Suspenseful while Cora was challenging Louise in New York. The writing was crisp and wonderfully descriptive. Then it wandered off, seeming to just rush the rest of the years to Cora's death. In my opinion,the book could have stopped in New York. ( )
  nancynova | Mar 29, 2014 |
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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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