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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
  

The Chaperone

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One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012.

I am reminded of the 20s musical number "Anything Goes" here, for in "The Chaperone" it certainly does. This is 20s New York, the girl being chaperoned is the young Louise Brooks (the silent filmstar) and the whole prohibition and explosive atmosphere of the period is superbly realised.

Our heroine is orphaned Cora, the chaperone, a lovely character in a dead-end marriage, bent on finding her biological family. What she discovers both in her marriage and her old adoption home are secrets that eventually all concerned will take to their graves. Highly recommended.

May 2012 Book of the Month.

If you like Laura Moriarty you might also like to read books by Anthony Quinn, Paula McLain and Rebecca Dean.

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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

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.

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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 *


About the Author

Laura Moriarty

Laura Moriarty earned a degree in social work before returning for her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She lives with her daughter in Lawrence, Kansas.

Author photo © Tracy Rasmussen

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Publication date

26th April 2012

Author

Laura Moriarty

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Author's Website

www.lauramoriarty.net/

Publisher

Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Books of the Month
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780718158972

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