The Chaperone

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Penguin, Jun 4, 2013 - Fiction - 406 pages
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Soon to be a feature film from the creators of Downton Abbey starring Elizabeth McGovern, The 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.
 

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User Review  - diana.hauser - LibraryThing

THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty was published in 2012. I read about this book recently in an article about a new movie and PBS event, based on this book and scripted by Julian Fellowes. How exciting ... Read full review

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User Review  - amanaceerdh - LibraryThing

Cora Carlisle is the chaperone for Louise Brooks as they travel to NY so Louise can attend a prestigious dance school for five weeks. Cora has her own reasons for agreeing to be the chaperone and as ... Read full review

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Laura Moriarty is the author of The Center of Everything, The Rest of Her Life, and While I'm Falling. She lives in Kansas.

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