Cora, abandoned as a child, felt compelled to find her birth mother because she thought it would help her to feel complete. Why does Laura Moriarty, the author, choose to open the novel this way? Luckily for me, the book in no way took that turn. I love when a book directs me towards something new and interesting that I didn’t know about before. My favorite quote This book was so interesting to me, as it described life in the ‘s and 30’s. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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And then Part 3 happens. There is a bit of a spoiler in the next paragraph.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty – Reading Guide – : Books

Initially, I felt disappointed to not learn more about Miss Brooks but soon enou I felt slightly misled by the synopsis of this novel, thinking that I would get a window into the life of young Louise Brooks.

I picked this up expecting it to be a light, fun romp in the vein of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – just two ladies being modern and fun and generally having the chaperone laura moriarty blast in a pre-WWII setting. This book would have earned full 4 stars without Part 3; it was so gripping and enchanting, a fascinating look at a woman’s discovery at a time when being a woman sucked.

Parts 1 and 2: She also gives Louise good advice during a rocky period in her career. Birth control is for sleazy people.

View all 3 comments. Louise did get hired with the c Cora Carlisle is a fictionalized character, as the chaperone laura moriarty Chaperone’, in this story to Louise’s Brooks who in real life was a film actress and dancer who starred in 17 silent films and 8 sound films before she retired in 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 why did she even go to NYC with Louise in the first place? Her husband stays closeted and respected.

She was very judgmental in the beginning of the novel and became more aware and accepting as she matured. Return to Book Page.


And he continues to dally around with his lover while paying Cora off with money for dresses. The chaperone laura moriarty week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Most interesting and distressing to me was seeing the way people had to live a lie in the public eye in order to gain a measure of happiness in private. Now, as a woman with experience behind her, I look for something more like The Chaperone – a book that blurs the line between black and white and, instead of giving us clear-cut molds to fit into, offers up the idea that people change over time, and what was considered right and good one year might not be the same the next.

THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty | Kirkus Reviews

I couldn’t mkriarty but be reminded of some young famous actors and actresses today and how we see them splattered in a bad light, across the pages of magazines, as a result of their behaviour. Why does Laura Moriarty, the author, choose to open the novel this way?

Worst the chaperone laura moriarty all, Moriarty will insert narration into the story to underline the significance of whatever historical info dump she just featured. An interesting historical read about Cora who becomes a chaperone for a fifteen year old Louise Brooks for 5 weeks one summer in NYC where she seeks out and finds the sad truth of her past and finds happiness for her future. The rating isn’t entirely fair; for the first pages parts 1 and 2I really was enjoying myself.


The Chaperone

She blackmails her gay husband into the chaperone laura moriarty because she is keeping his secret about being gay. Open Preview See a Problem? On a positive note: Mar 16, Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: The other theme was morality. I must admit that I had no knowledge of silent film star Louise Brooks prior to reading this book, and although the plot seemed to drag a bit the chaperone laura moriarty the beginning, I really enjoyed the book on the whole especially the interesting life of character Cora.

Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever. The story covers almost 50 years of Cora’s life in a great deal of detail. She began as an unremarkable small town housewife, but as the story unfolded she became even interesting than her young charge.

The subjects covered are everything from Prohibition, orphan trains, flappers, the Great Depression and the growing movement for equal rights. She has grudgingly accepted and kept secret his lifelong homosexual love affair.