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The Chaperone

Moriarty, Laura

ISBN 10: 1594487014 / 1-59448-701-4
ISBN 13: 9781594487019
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Hardcover
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The New York Times bestseller and the USA Today #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.

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Book Description: Riverhead Hardcover, 2012. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: " The Chaperone is the enthralling story of two women . . . and how their unlikely relationship changed their lives. . . . In this layered and inventive story, Moriarty raises profound questions about family, sexuality, history, and whether it is luck or will--or a sturdy combination of the two--that makes for a wonderful life."-- O, The Oprah Magazine "In her new novel, The Chaperone , Laura Morirty treats this golden age with an evocative look at the early life of silent-film icon Louise Brooks, who in 1922 leaves Wichita, Kansas, for New York City in the company of 36-year-old chaperone, Cora Carlisle. . . . A mesmerizing take on women in this pivotal era."-- Vogue "With her shiny black bob and milky skin, Louise Brooks epitomized silent-film glamour. But in Laura Moriarty''s engaging new novel The Chaperone , Brooks is just a hyper-precocious and bratty 15-year-old, and our protagonist, 36-year-old Cora Carlisle, has the not-easy mission of keeping the teenager virtuous while on a trip from their native Kansas to New York City. After a battle of wills, there''s a sudden change of destiny for both women, with surprising and poignant results."-- Entertainment Weekly "Throughout The Chaperone , her fourth and best novel, Laura Moriarty mines first-rate fiction from the tension between a corrupting coastal media and the ideal of heart-of-America morality. . . . . Brooks''s may be the novel''s marquee name, but the story''s heart is Cora''s. With much sharpness but great empathy, Moriarty lays bare the settled mindset of this stolid, somewhat fearful woman--and the new experiences that shake that mindset up."-- San Francisco Weekly "Film star Louise Brooks was a legend in her time, but the real lead of The Chaperone is Cora Carlise, Brooks'' 36-year-old chaperone for her first visit to New York City in 1922. As Cora struggles to tame Louise''s free spirit, she finds herself moving past the safety of her own personal boundaries. In this fictional account of Cora and Louise''s off-and-on relationship, Laura Moriarty writes with grace and compassion about life''s infinite possibilities for change and, ultimately, happiness."-- Minneapolis Star Tribune "When silent film star Louise Brooks was a sexually provocative and headstrong 15-year-old from Kansas, she traveled with a chaperone to new York City to attend dance school. In this fascinating historical novel, her minder, Cora, struggles to keep her charge within the bounds of propriety but finds herself questioning the confines of her own life.Thorough Cora the world of early 20th-century America comes alive, and her personal triumphs become cause for celebration."-- People "Captivating and wise . . . In The Chaperone , Moriarty gives us a historically detailed and nuanced portrayal of the social upheaval that spilled into every corner of American life by 1922. . . . [An] inventive and lovely Jazz Age story."-- Washington Post "#1 Summer 2012 novel."-- The Christian Science Monitor "A fun romp."-- Good Housekeeping "Devour it."-- Marie Claire "The novel is captivating, and the last lines about Cora (you might think I''m giving everything away, but I''m not giving anything away--the story rolls through changes in terrain so subtle that it''s like a train from Wichita to New York and back) capsulate it all, revealing the richness of the saga."-- The Daily Beast "The Chaperone," an enchanting, luminous new novel by Laura Moriarty, fictionalizes the tale of the very real caretaker who accompanied a 15-year-old Louise Brooks on the first leg of her journey to silent-movie stardom. . . . Moriarty is a lovely writer, warm and wise."-- Cleveland Plain Dealer "It is [Louise Brooks''s] endearing and surprising companion Cora Carlisle--a sharply drawn creating--who is the heart and soul of this stirring story."-- Family Circle "Captivating and wise."-- Newsday "While Louise lends The Chaperone a dose of fire, the nov. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1594487014

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