Soon to be a feature film from the creators of Downton Abbey
On a summer's day in 1922, Cora Carlisle boards a train from Wichita, Kansas, to New York City, charged with the care of a stunningly beautiful young girl with a jet-black bob and wisdom way beyond her fifteen years.
The girl is Louise Brooks and, for her, New York offers a chance of stardom beneath the bright lights of Broadway. For Cora, whose formative years were spent at The New York Home for Friendless Girls, the trip offers the opportunity to discover the truth about her past. It will also, although she doesn't realize it yet, offer her the chance for a very different future.
Set in a time of illicit thrills and daring glamour, a time when prohibition reigns and speakeasies thrive behind closed doors, The Chaperone tells Cora's story as she finally discovers who she is and - more importantly - who she wants to be.
'What a beautiful book. I loved every page' Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
'This is that rare, precious and fabulous thing - a proper story, with characters you care about desperately and root for right to the end . . . I can't recommend this novel highly enough' Daily Mail
'A lovely novel, full of humanity' Sunday Times
This is that rare, precious and fabulous thing - a proper story, with characters you care about desperately and root for right to the end . . . I can't recommend this novel highly enough. Moving, shocking, dramatic, clever, atmospheric, glamorous and satisfying. You'll adore it (Daily Mail)
A lovely novel, full of humanity (Sunday Times)
It's impossible not to be drawn in by The Chaperone. Laura Moriarty has delivered the richest and realest possible heroine in Cora Carlisle . . . What a beautiful book. I loved every page (Paula McLain author of The Paris Wife)
Enthralling . . . In this layered and inventive story, Moriarty raises profound questions about family, sexuality, history and whether it is luck or will - or a combination of the two - that makes for a wonderful life (O Magazine)
An evocative look at the early life of silent-film icon Louise Brooks . . . Mesmerizing (Vogue)
Surprising and poignant (Entertainment Weekly)
A fun romp (Good Housekeeping)
Devour it (Marie Claire)
First-rate fiction . . . sharp, with great empathy (San Francisco Weekly)
About the Author
Laura 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. She lives with her daughter in Lawrence, Kansas.