The Chaperone

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.25 hours)
Product Number: Z100095971
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481563963
Narrator/s: Elizabeth McGovern
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Inspired by the real-life relationship between future movie star Louise Brooks and the woman who chaperoned her to New York City for a summer, this is the story of an unlikely friendship between two women who couldn't be more different-and how it changes both their lives. In the summer of 1922, only a few years before she became a famous actress of the silent screen and an icon for her generation, fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks left Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she was accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who was neither mother nor friend. Little is known about the real chaperone, but Laura Moriarty imagines her as Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reason for making the trip. Of course, Cora has no idea what she's in for: young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her black bob with bangs, was known for her arrogance, her lack of respect for convention, and her keen intelligence. Cora is hardly a stranger to adversity, but by the time their train pulls into Grand Central Station, she fears that supervising her cunning young charge will be at best exhausting and at worst impossible. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change one, if not both, of their lives forever. For Cora, New York holds the promise of discovery that might provide solace to a lifetime of yearning, and so even as she does her best to endure and watch over Louise in a strange and bustling city, she secretly perseveres on her own mission. She does indeed make a great discovery, and though it isn't the one she anticipates, it liberates her in a way she could not have imagined. The United States has been steadily moving out of the Victorian era and into the modern world, but the pace has been so much quicker in New York. Over the course of the summer, Cora's eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century, and she returns to Kansas with a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.

Author(s): Laura Moriarty
Original Publish Date: Jun 05, 2012

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Author(s): Laura Moriarty
Narrator(s): Elizabeth McGovern
Product Number DD4077
Released: Jun 01, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781455154319
Author(s): Laura Moriarty
Product Number EB00394048
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9781101585658

Professional reviews

"In 1922 a teenager from Kansas named Louise Brooks needed a chaperone so she could attend a summer dance school in New York. For private reasons, Cora Carlisle, a wife and mother of grown children, volunteered to watch over the willful girl. Actress Elizabeth McGovern's soft-spoken performance is utterly entrancing. Her careful use of emotion and mastery of expression pull listeners into this period piece about a young woman on the road to self-discovery and a girl on the brink of fame. McGovern's skills at creating distinctive characterizations, including a number of accents, make THE CHAPERONE an outstanding audio experience. Listeners will be fascinated by the historical details of life in New York, the plight of women, and the social customs of the Roaring Twenties. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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