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 actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-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 20th century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.
©2012 Laura Moriarty (P)2012 Penguin Audio
It was completely unpredictable and even shocking in some aspects.
The narration is amazingly well done and draws you in every time you turn it on.
No it put me to sleep a few times.
The pacing of the events in the story bothered me . Three fourths of the story takes place in one summer and the last fourth rushes forward through the last thirty years of Cora's life at lightning speed. It felt like a different novel.
Say something about yourself!
This is an excellent book! It kept me interested from beginning to end. The narration of Elizabeth McGovern was wonderful. It was heartwarming to read about the enlightenment of one early 20th century woman, and how some of the same issues still endure. This wonderful woman, Cora Carlisle, whose life was equally unfortunate and lucky, and how she was changed by the events in her life is a tale of personal survival. Hearing all the societal prejudices and beliefs alter slowly but profoundly in her, was like seeing lights rising brighter from a slow dimmer switch. Louise Brooks and her mother were a study in how the same personality could be affected differently by life’s twists. I loved how Laura Moriarty, used actual events and people throughout the book.
I cannot say much more than the other reviewers have that also loved this book. I recommend it – not a wasted credit. I will be listening again.
I liked the characters. The woman who was the "Chaperone" seemed pretty straight laced to begin with, but as she spends time with her charge, some of the "wildness" of the young girl seemed to rub off on her. She searched for her birth parents and had quite an adventure in the process.
I can't think of another book.
I don't know if there was one favorite scene, but I really liked the situation of a woman who married a gay man but she didn't know that he was gay. It was a shock when she found out. But eventually, she and her husband were able to be friends and he had his boyfriend and she found someone else to love as well.
there were many emotional situations in the book. I probably did more crying than laughing.
I would like to have seen a better ending for the young "charge". But with her "wild" personality and being in show business it wasn't too terribly unexpected.
Don't think so
Good plot possibilities. Would have developed some a little more and dropped others. The author threw in a bit of everything.
Yes but could have been so much more.
I think Elizabeth McGovern's voice adds that certain touch that really makes me feel like I am in the setting. She is a delight to listen to and I will seek out any further books she narrates.
I probably would say Cora, since it is her story we are most concerned with.
No, but I am going to look for more.
I don't want to give anything away but when Cora gets her turn to be loved is my favorite part.
Listen to this one folks, it's a gem!
This book is fabulous!! Laura Moriarty somehow beautifully and plausibly wrote a book about two very different women coming from very different era's amd both main characters stand out. The story is interesting with some unexpected turns, and is very well written.
To highlight all of this, Elizabeth McGovern's reading is a delight. She acts the story with emotion, accents and timing. There couldn't have been a better choice to be both Cora and Loise.
A beautiful written story of one woman's life in the first half of the twentieth century.
More than anything else, it helps me to know what books a reviewer loves most when deciding on whether or not to spend my time or money on a particular book. Below I have listed some of my 5 or 4½ star books from many different genres:
Anne of Green Gables, The Book Thief, Bossypants, Catch Me if You Can, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, The Color Purple, The Davinci Code, A Dog’s Purpose, Emma, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, A Girl Named Zippy, Glass Castle, Gone with the Wind, The Green Mile, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Harry Potter Series, The Help, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-3, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Little Women, Mind Hunter, Nineteen Minutes, The Outlander series, Peace like a River, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pride and Prejudice, Saving Sammy, The Secret life of Bees, Shawshank Redemption, My Sister’s Keeper, Stand by Me, The Stand, The Time Traveler’s Wife, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...
I might listen to it again. I didn't want the story to end though I thought it ended beautifully
Cora. She is any woman who has lived through times of great social change. She learns from her mistakes and her love transforms everyone in her life.
When Cora walks out of the "decency" meeting.
Cora, but Alan and Louise are too.
This is very well performed too.
I was not expecting to like this nearly as much as I did. The story line was great and the character development was good. I will miss Cora, but am so glad I was able to spend time with her.
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