The Chaperone

Soon to be a feature film from the creators of Downton Abbey starring Elizabeth McGovernThe Chaperone is a New York Times-bestselling novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in the 1920s 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.


The Chaperone - Laura Moriarty Summary

The Chaperone may refer to: The Chaperone (2011 film) The Chaperone (2018 film) "The Chaperone" (Seinfeld) "The Chaperone" (SpongeBob SquarePants) "The Chaperone" (The Monkees)..


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The Chaperone - Laura Moriarty Book Reviews (773)

Cape misty

Loved it!5 star

Well written, couldn't put it down! 55

GABRIELA VEGA

Surprising.4 star

I read this as a book club selection and found myself unable to put it down. Though some of the flash-forwards and flashbacks seem a little forced, the quality is nonetheless very good. Overall, this is one of the better books I have read in a long while. 45

Egshore

Excellent5 star

Fantastic read! Well written and intriguing. 55

Bamedic

Interesting4 star

Amazing what women had to go through. A good read. 45

Mommykateiphone

Beautiful story with a heroine5 star

I really appreciate good fictional writing with love stories. The lives that intertwine are all interesting. This is a definite good read! Way to go to the author:). 55

Ms.

The Chaperone"5 star

When is this book going to be made into a movie? It would be a travesty for this book to be ignored by the cinema and all those involved with that industry. Hated for the the book to end. 55

Shavon Davis-Louis

Loved it4 star

This a beautiful tale with twist & turn in each chapter. I loved watching Cora transform. I recommend. 45

Rcave001

Great!5 star

I agree with previous comments. This book is a rare find and wish their were more like this one. Loved the book. Story line. Characters. 55

zemplargirl

The Chaperone5 star

Best book I have read in a long time. Chaperone's story was intriguing and having Louise Brooks in the story was just icing on the cake. 55

pilates5

The Chaperone4 star

Good read 45


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