The Chaperone Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 26/04/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780718158972
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Review by Kate_Ward
Well, I said I wanted light and fluffy, and that's exactly what I got. Part of the problem was the main character of Cora. For most of the first part of the novel, and a good chunk of the second, she is a reasonably likeable character. But then, she becomes irritating and I lost any sympathy I had built up from the preceding chapters. <br/>The real downside is part 3 of the novel. It plays out like the last episode of a 1980's mini-series. I'm surprised the entire novel wasn't written in flashback.