Written by Laura Moriarty - Audio book performed by Elizabeth McGovern - Unabridged Fiction - 11 COMPACT DISCS
- 13 hours, 14 minutes
Publisher, Harper Audio (July 2012)
Teen - Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
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A New York Times Bestseller
USA Today’s Fiction Pick of the Summer, 2012
On the New York Times Book Review’s Summer Reading List
One of BookPage’s 10 Women to Watch in 2012
Indie Next Pick, June 2012
Named the Christian Science Monitor’s #1 Pick of 15 Novels for Summer 2012
A BookPage Book of the Day, June 2012
Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
“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, a Wichita housewife who has her mind and heart blown wide open and steps—with uncommon courage—into the fullness of her life. What a beautiful book. I loved every page.”—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
“The Chaperone is the best kind of historical fiction, transporting you to another time and place, but even more importantly delivering a poignant story about people so real, you’ll miss and remember them long after you close the book.”—Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author
“What a charming, mesmerizing, transporting novel! The characters are so fully realized that I felt I was right there alongside them. A beautiful clarity marks both the style and structure of The Chaperone.”—Sena Jeter Naslund, New York Times bestselling author
“In The Chaperone, Laura Moriarty’s captivating and wise fourth novel, we meet Louise [Brooks] long before her arrival in Hollywood…Moriarty was inspired by the beleaguered real-life chaperone who accompanied Louise on just such a trip, but she has imagined the rest of Cora’s story, which manages to outshine Louise’s…In The Chaperone, Moriarty gives us a historically detailed and nuanced portrayal of the social upheaval that spilled into every corner of American life by 1922…[A] inventive and lovely Jazz Age story.”—Washington Post
“[A] fascinating historical novel…Through Cora the world of early twentieth–century America comes alive, and her personal triumphs become cause for celebration.”—People
“A fun romp.”—Good Housekeeping
“It is her endearing and surprising companion Cora Carlisle—a sharply drawn creation—who is the heart and soul of this stirring story.”—Family Circle
“The novel, which spans the next six decades of Cora’s life, also reminds us how dramatically American life changed over the twentieth century. VERDICT: Moriarty is a wonderful storyteller; it’s hard to put this engaging novel down. Fans of the Jazz Age and sweeping historical fiction will likely feel the same way.”—Library Journal (starred review)
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 fifteen-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 twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.
About the Author: 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.