Momatu is the well-known author of I Remain, Yours, where she did a lot of historical research. Today she's telling us more about Laura Moriarty's novel, The Chaperone.
Novel synopsis: The New York Times bestseller and the USA Today #1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer, 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.
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If you're interested in the 20's era, I just finished a book that was so good, there were scenes that will take your breath away. It's called The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. It's the story of a woman all the way from childhood as an orphan in New York City in the late 1800's through old age. The title comes from the summer she chaperones a 15-year-old future film star to New York City in 1922.
"For Cora, the city holds the promise of discovery that might answer the question at the core of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in this strange and bustling place she embarks on a mission of her own. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Cora’s relationship with Louise, her eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive. Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s,’30s, and beyond—from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers, and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women—Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them."
It was a fabulous read, and if you're looking for your next book, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Thank you, Momatu!