The Better Than Therapy Book Club - "The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarty
Join us as we discuss Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone. This captivating novel is the story of the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922. Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study dance 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, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever. In this layered and inventive story, Moriarty raises profound questions about family, sexuality, history, and whether it is luck or will—or a sturdy combination of the two—that makes for a wonderful life.