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ISBN13: 9781594487019
ISBN10: 1594487014
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montegonarts, January 9, 2013 (view all comments by montegonarts)
Lovely story that weaves through decades of change. Each character is hard not to become attached to. The story lingered with me for weeks after reading it.
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grewzio, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by grewzio)
From a synopsis I had read, I thought this book was going to be a fictional biography of Louise Brooks. It is that to some extent but is also so much more - a novel where some characters deal with 21st century issues - but in the 1920s and 30s - in a very realistic way.

Enjoyable and entertaining.
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jodib9, November 28, 2012 (view all comments by jodib9)
I loved this book. Set in the 1920s in Wichita, Kansas, the novel tells the story of a woman who returns to New York as a chaperone for a young dancer soon to be silent film actress seeking to learn about her past. It is also more than that, the story depicts the complexity of love, sexuality, and conceptions of morality.
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jodib9, November 28, 2012 (view all comments by jodib9)
I loved this book. Set in the 1920s in Wichita, Kansas, the novel tells the story of a woman who returns to New York as a chaperone for a young dancer soon to be silent film actress seeking to learn about her past. It is also more than that, the story depicts the complexity of love, sexuality, and conceptions of morality.
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diane Trafton, September 4, 2012 (view all comments by diane Trafton)
The Chaperone, a historical fiction book, brings the reader into NYC just prior to the great depression of 1929. Midwesterner Louise Brooks, is an irreverent fifteen year old who wants to make a big name for herself in the NY theater. Somewhat indifferent to her daughter's safety and well being, her affluent mother has hired Cora as a chaperone for her daughter's odyssey. Growing up in NYC as an orphan in a Catholic orphanage, Cora, a woman in her mid thirties, is on her own profoundly personal journey to find herself by seeking out her birth mother whom she has never met. Through the fast-turning pages, the reader has an inviting opportunity to find, through the seemingly impossible interaction of these two strong characters of different generations and life perspectives, possibly something new about themselves.
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ISBN:
9781594487019
Subtitle:
A Novel of the Roaring Twenties
Author:
Moriarty, Laura
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Author:
Robuck, Erika
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Rosen, Ren
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Rosen, Renee
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McGovern Elizabeth
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Publisher:
NAL Trade
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20131105
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
includes online readers guide
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Moriarty (While I'm Falling) skims the surface of 1920s life in Wichita, Kans., where homosexuality, contraception, and being just about anything other than white and Protestant is considered a moral offence. In the summer of 1922, prim, married Cora Carlisle chaperones a young Louise Brooks, the silent film star, to New York. Cora keeps mum about her own childhood journey from the New York Home for Friendless Girls to a new life with an adopted family in Kansas, because she intends to search for her birth mother once she and Louise arrive. What follows the trip for Louise is history: film stardom until the advent of sound. What follows for Cora is at first a letdown for the reader, and then highly dubious, given her naïve and conservative nature. Though what happens in New York gives Cora a new moral order, for the rest of her life she keeps it, too, a secret. The novel, which in its final stretch races to 1982, attempts to portray Cora as a heroine buffeted by the bigotry and priggishness of the Jazz Age, but glosses over events and neglects the inner lives of many of its characters. Agent: Tracy Fisher, WME Entertainment. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies, and a new kind of woman—the flapper.

Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.” 

As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn.  She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicagos infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose. 

The heady life shes living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentines Day Massacre. 

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"Synopsis" by ,
America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies, and a new kind of woman—the flapper.

Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.” 

As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn.  She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicagos infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose. 

The heady life shes living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentines Day Massacre. 

READERS GUIDE INCLUDED

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