The Chaperone

The Chaperone

Large Print - 2012
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Accompanying a future famous actress from her Wichita home to New York, chaperone Cora Carlisle shares a life-changing five-week period with her ambitious teenage charge during which she discovers the promise of the 20th century and her own purpose in life.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, ©2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410448484
Characteristics: 571 pages ;,23 cm.


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Aug 26, 2019

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Apr 28, 2019

I agree with jeanie123.

Apr 26, 2019

I enjoyed how the book tracked through history over the lifetime of the main character. A reader gets a BRIEF glimpse at some rarely covered topics, such as the orphan train, Lysol used as a contraception, silent movie actress Louise Brooks (from teenage dancer, to screen artist, to book author), orphanage & home for unwed mothers, Wichita, KS history and growth. This is a historical novel and presents an interesting perspective of moral and culture of a young adult and their chaperone -- and the growth of both as the world around them changes.

Apr 20, 2019

I liked the main character, she was very strong and overcame many hardships. The rest of the characters were one dimensional and many were thrown in helter skelter. The bits of history thrown in were mildly interesting but could have been enlightening if the author had focused. I am going back to non-fiction.

Jan 02, 2019

A beautiful story about love, acceptance, and compromise. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

The year is 1922. In Wichita, Kansas, 15-year-old Louise Brooks needs a chaperon to escort her to New York for a summer dance program. 36-year old Cora Carlisle accompanies the beautiful, young, insolent Louise to the Big Apple with hopes to discover important links to her birth parents. While struggling to impart some sense of decorum to young Louise whose sexuality and free spirit contradicts Cora’s conservative nature, she discovers a certain liberation in her new position that makes her examine her life from a fresh perspective. This beautiful and well-researched historical novel offers a fascinating glimpse into the issues of the early 20th century—Prohibition, the First World War, flappers, suffragettes, the Civil Rights Movement, homosexuality, divorce, and orphan trains among them. Worth a read! (submitted by MR)

Sep 06, 2018

4.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy historical fiction and complex characters who experience a lot of character growth.

Louise Brooks is a young dancer, who has been accepted to a dance school in New York City. Her parents make an agreement with Cora, a married woman, to be her chaperone for the trip. Cora has a mission of her own while she is in New York, one that she'd rather keep to herself. Over the trip Cora realizes that Louise is a lot more work than she had expected, but learns from her all the same. This story is an interesting coming of age, and coming into one's own story for both characters, set in the backdrop of the 1920's.

I really enjoyed the time period this book was set in, and that it wasn't all about flappers and big parties. So many books set in the 1920s are incredibly flapper-centric. I liked that the narrative spanned multiple plots and parts of the main character's life as well. I felt like Cora grew a lot as a character throughout the book, and I was really delighted to see where she went through the end of the novel. I thought that the writing was really rich and descriptive, and I loved the nod to the Midwest. Moriarty is an alum from my university, and it was fun to read about bits of Kansas. I also felt that I learned a decent bit about orphan trains as well as society (and its expectations) in the 1920's. Highly recommend if you enjoy historical fiction.

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.

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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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