Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone, on tour May 2012

Posted By on March 16, 2012

About The Chaperone

• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (June 5, 2012)

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.

“It’s impossible not to be completely drawn in by The Chaperone… I loved every page.”—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

About 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, and is now a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and is at work on her next novel.

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Laura’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 1st: Sophisticated Dorkiness

Wednesday, May 2nd: bookchickdi

Thursday, May 3rd: From Left to Write

Friday, May 4th: Rayment’s Readings, Rants and Ramblings

Monday, May 7th: Frenzy of Noise

Thursday, May 10th: Bewitched Bookworms

Friday, May 11th: The Well-Read Wife

Monday, May 14th: Fire and Ice

Tuesday, May 15th: Book Journey

Wednesday, May 16th: Babbling About Books and More

Thursday, May 17th: Workaday Reads

Friday, May 18th: Verb Vixen

Saturday, May 19th: Midnight Book Girl

Wednesday, May 23rd: Kritters Ramblings

Wednesday, May 23rd: Misbehavin’ Librarian – A Day in the Life with Laura Moriarty

Thursday, May 24th: Literate Housewife

Friday, May 25th: Paperspines

Monday, May 28th: Sassymonkey Reads

Monday, May 28th: Never Too Fond of Books

Tuesday, May 29th: Picky Girl

Wednesday, May 30th: Chaos is a Friend of Mine

Thursday, May 31st: An Unconventional Librarian

Friday, June 1st: The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness

Friday, June 1st: An Avid Reader’s Musings

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