The Chaperone

The Chaperone

Author: Laura Moriarty
Publisher: Riverhead
Pages: 371
Genre: historical fiction
Source: My daughter ( Kritters Ramblings )
Goodreads:    “USA Today”‘s #1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer, “The Chaperone “is a 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 silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing 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, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever. For Cora, the city holds the promise of discovery that might answer the question at the core of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in this strange and bustling place she embarks on a mission of her own. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Cora’s relationship with Louise, her eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive. Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s, ’30s, and beyond–from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers, and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women–Laura Moriarty’s “The “”Chaperone” illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them.

Ope’s Opinion:  I am not usually a fan of historical books, but this one is really good!  My daughter of Kritters Ramblings said, ” No Mom, you have to read this one.”.   So I went into to it a little skeptical.  From the beginning I enjoyed it and the further I got in the more I wanted to read.  My daughter and I were getting ready to go to New York City for BEA when I started this book.  It was interesting to hear about the city back in the 20’s.  Some times in the book, I wasn’t even aware of the time setting because I was so involved in the relationships of the characters.  Even if you do not usually read historical novels, you should read this one.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

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