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The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty

RRP €11.35

The Chaperone
by Author Name Laura Moriarty

Book details for title
List Price:11.35
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 26mm, 432pp
Publication date: 26 Apr 2012
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
ISBN-13: 9780718158972

Dubray Review

In 1922, Cora Carlisle boards a train bound for New York City with the brash and irrepressible Louise Brooks.  From the quiet Kansas town of Wichita to the bright lights and sweaty speakeasies of New York, both women’s lives are about to change in ways they could never have imagined.  Having been stuck in a dead end town with its stifling heat and curtain-twitching neighbours, both women had felt trapped: Cora in a loveless marriage and Louise with an affectionless mother. Louise is destined for fame and fortune while Cora has her own story to tell. Their stories reflect the massive extent of change in American society: the attitude to women, blacks and gays; the prohibition movement; and the golden age of jazz and theatre. Pour yourself a gin, turn on some jazz, grab this book and savour every word!

- Olivia Bergin, Kilkenny

Description

On a summer's day in 1922 Cora Carlisle boards a train from Wichita, Kansas, to New York City, leaving behind a marriage that's not as perfect as it seems and a past that she buried long ago. She is charged with the care of a stunning young girl with a jet-black fringe and eyes wild and wise beyond her fifteen years. This girl is hungry for stardom and Cora for something she doesn't yet know. Cora will be many things in her lifetime - an orphan, a mother, a wife, a mistress - but in New York she is a chaperone and her life is about to change. It is here under the bright lights of Broadway, in a time when prohibition reigns and speakeasies with their forbidden whispers behind closed doors thrive, that Cora finds what she has been searching for. It is here, in a time when illicit thrills and daring glamour sizzle beneath the laws of propriety that her life truly begins. It is here that Cora and her charge, Louise Brooks, take their first steps towards their dreams.

Reviews

This is that rare, precious and fabulous thing - a proper story, with characters you care about desperately and root for right to the end ... I can't recommend this novel highly enough. In no particular order, it is moving, shocking, dramatic, clever, atmospheric, glamorous and satisfying. You'll adore it Daily Mail Devour it Marie Claire 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... Mesmerizing Vogue A lovely novel, full of humanity Sunday Times It's impossible not to be completely drawn in by The Chaperone. Laura Moriarty has delivered the richest and realest possible heroine in Cora Carlisle ... What a beautiful book. I loved every page -- Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife A fun romp Good Housekeeping Enthralling ... In this layered and inventive story, Moriarty raises profound questions about family, sexuality, history, and whether it is luck or will - or a combination of the two - that makes for a wonderful life O, The Oprah Magazine