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ISBN13: 9781594631436
ISBN10: 1594631433
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A New York Times bestseller, The Chaperone is a captivating 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 shes 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 isnt what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Coras 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 Moriartys 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.

 

About the Author

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

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panda32, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by panda32)
This was a book that took you back in time. Very interesting reading. Would definitely recommend.
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sfotog, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by sfotog)
Sometimes accurate, sometimes not. But who can ever get enough of Louise Brooks?
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Linda Fuller, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Linda Fuller)
I was intrigued by the rules of conduct and secrets of the time period of this novel. I appreciated the strong female characters and how they created their conflicts. Definitely my favorite read of 2012.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594631436
Author:
Moriarty, Laura
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
includes online readers guide
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.32 x 6.34 x 1.24 in 1.28 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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