Join Terry and Penguin Sales Rep Tom Benton when they
welcome Laura Moriarty to the store for a fun-fllled hour
celebrating the publication of The Chaperone and kicking off
the first of a series of Smart Summer Reads programs taking
place this summer. The Chaperone is sure to be a smashing
best seller, garnering rave reviews, including Terry’s on the
back page, and you will not want to miss this opportunity to
be the first to spread the word. Tom and Terry will also be
highlighting a few of their picks for summer and there aresure to be “gifts” for everyone who attends.
A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both.
Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big 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 is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip. She has no idea what she’s in for: Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous blunt bangs and black bob, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever.
For Cora, New York holds the promise of discovery that might prove an answer to the question at the center of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in a strange and bustling city, she embarks on her own mission. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, it liberates her in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of the summer, Cora’s eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.