The Chaperone

The Chaperone

Book - 2012
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"A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781594487019
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 07, 2017

I didn't like this book as much as the others who have commented. The story felt quite contrived to me and spent far too much time going on about Cora The Chaperone's corset problems. I'm sure it was a very restricting garment, but not a very interesting one to read about. In several places the story paused in order for the author to shove in some research of the time period so I wasn't sure if I was reading a novel or a history essay. Each turn of the plot was quite predictable and some were just kind of silly. I had completely lost interest in the story half-way through and the last half of the book was too long and the characters were one-dimensional and boring.

Jun 21, 2017

Another great book from local author, Laura Moriarty! The way she writes about women and relationships between women is like no one else.

JCLMelodyMK Dec 31, 2016

I read this book for my book group and enjoyed it very much. It's thrilling to know that we have a local author in the area that writes such interesting historical fiction.

ArapahoeChristineS Oct 16, 2016

This historical fiction with bits of the real life firecracker, Louise Brooks, folded in was positively riveting. I couldn't put it down and it lingered with me after I was finished. It dealt with many issues of the time, including the struggle between women's rights and freedoms verses established social norms. It is a fascinating time in history and The Chaperone had a really interesting and solid storyline. Thoroughly enjoyable.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Moriarty shows great skill in blending factual events from the life of silent film star Louise Brooks with her fictional work. Brooks is a vehicle for the larger plot, but Moriarty is careful not to cross the line where the actress' inclusion becomes too convenient (this is perhaps not so much true in later chapters, but she only barely steps over the line).

There may be disappointment for some when they realize The Chaperone isn't a novel about Louise Brooks. Even though the description on the dust jacket and the title itself should be an indication that this novel is much more the story of Moriarty's protagonist, Cora Carlisle, it is surprising at times how much Brooks is relegated to a secondary character, especially after the first half (which I can't help but wonder if this wasn't a brilliantly drawn parallel to Brooks' own dwindling career). Nevertheless, the fictional account of Brooks' summer in New York in 1922 should please many of her fans

LPL_ShirleyB Aug 07, 2015

At the center of this beautifully written historical novel is Cora, Louise Brooks’ chaperone. Cora uses her chaperone duty as an opportunity to visit New York and uncover her own family origins. When Cora returns home to Wichita, Kansas she discovers revelations and acceptance. Moriarty is an inspired local author!

Apr 18, 2015

Superb book in every way - more likely to appeal to women.

Mar 10, 2015

This historical fiction novel is based on the life of 1920's dancer and eventually actress Louise Brooks. There are two main characters, Miss Brooks and the lady that chaperones her to New York City. The story is told through the chaperone. Well written especially where true events are woven into the story. A book well worth reading!

Dec 06, 2014

A historical novel about small town women in Wichita, Kansas in 1920s. Moving story with unexpected twists and ultimate feminist message.

Jun 06, 2014

I was not in any way expecting to like this book so much but what a wonderful story.

This was a captivating tale of one women's life from the 20's to her death. She lives in a small town and has many secrets by the end of her life, most of which die with her. Even though Louise Brooks isn't the focus of the story she is a reoccurring subject throughout the book.

I couldn't put this down and finished it in 24 hours and I think that's a sign of a great book.

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SpringAltman Jun 21, 2014

Cora becomes a chaperone to a young actress/ dancer Louis Brooks in 1920 NYC, but she has another reason for taking on this task


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

The young can exasperate, of course, and frighten, and condescend, and insult, and cut you with their still unrounded edges. But they can also drag you, as you protest and scold and try to pull away, right up to the window of the future, and even push you through.


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