I'm in the process of figuring out who I am - mother, wife, daughter, writer, extrovert, hermit. A contradiction in every sense of the word. Maybe it's a cliche or just mid-life, after all it's the journey, not the destination.
What a fascinating way to write about the life and times of the famous silent film star Lousine Brooks. The Chaperone isn't really about Brooks, it is the story of a close to middle-aged woman living in a era when society's moral compass seemed to be swinging wildly from one extreme to the other. Cora Carlilse leaves Witchita, Kansas to chaperone Brooks for the summer in New York City while the not yet discovered starlet attends the Denishawn Dance Academy. Cora leaves behind her husband and her quiet, sheltered life to return to the city where she lived as an orphan at the "Home for Friendless Girls". The author vividly creates the exciting world of New York in the roaring twenties. Juxtaposing the free spiritedness of the flappers with Prohibition. Cora wrestles with her preconceived ideas of what is right and expected of women, trying to protect her young charge from ruining her reputation in the big city. Ironically, it is Cora who risks ruination when she meets a man who helps to change her mind about what she wants from life.