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The chaperone.

The chaperone. - Laura Moriarty The authorLaura 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. For more information on Laura Moriarty and her other work visit http://www.lauramoriarty.net/The reviewI fell in love with the cover of this book. I like to watch movies from the 1920 and the picture of Louise Brooks caught my attention. When I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book. The characters are the strongest part of this book. The author did a great job with placing Cora, a woman with the idea she is refreshing compared to a lot of other woman being confronted with a young woman having a total different worldview with even more freedom or less moral depending on your angle. I enjoyed the way this struggle was described a lot. It is clear the author made a lot of effort getting information on Louise Brooks and describing her. Despite all the nasty things she says and does you still feel sorry for her along with Cora. The storyline on the other hand was much. We follow Cora from 1922 till she dies. The part in New York is very detailed almost day to day recollection of her thoughts and after we jump months and years. What I found a bit unclear too was the subject. I could not get a clear view what the message was the author found more important. There was the story of Louise Brooks and how Cora experienced that from the side line or the political developments surrounding sexuality and possible situations coming from that. I got the feeling the author used the fame of Louise Brooks to create the story she really wanted to tell combined this made for a story lacking a depth that was lingering in the background. I decided giving the book three stars. The characters are well written and you can engage to them very well. The whole story is a bit weak. If you like to read about the rapid developments in the early 20th century and consider how that must have felt for the people in that era The Chaperone is a very nice book.