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A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
Selected for the June 2012 Indie Next List
Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
A Washington Post Notable Book
A BookPage Best Book of 2012
A BookPage Book of the Day , June 2012
A Kansas City Star Top 100 Book of 2012
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 actress and an icon for her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big 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 is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip. She has no idea what she’s in for: Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous blunt bangs and black bob, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever.
For Cora, New York holds the promise of discovery that might prove an answer to the question at the center of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in a strange and bustling city, she embarks on her own mission. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, it liberates her in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of the summer, Cora’s eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.
“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 thirty-six-year-old chaperone, Cora Carlisle…A mesmerizing
take on women in this pivotal era.”
“A fun romp.”