Books and I just haven't been getting along lately. When I get into this occasional funk, I typically want something comforting to read or something I already know I love. I listened to this one way back in the beginning of the year and enjoyed it so much I reread it this weekend when nothing else could grab my interest. Historical fiction has really been my love this year and The Chaperone has been one of my favorites.
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 with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing 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. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.
For Cora, the city holds the promise of discovery that might answer the question at the core of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in this strange and bustling place she embarks on a mission of her own. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Cora’s relationship with Louise, her eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive. (Goodreads)
This time period in our history was definitely one of transition and seeing it through the eyes of two women of different backgrounds, maturity levels, and attitudes was amazing. That aspect alone made the setting and historical aspects come alive. I really appreciated the care that went into molding both Louise and Cora into these characters who were very different, yet at times, very much alike.
Seeing the famous Louise Brooks in this fictional manner was also a lot of fun! I highly recommend this ones to fans of historical fiction or someone simply looking for a glimpse into an awesome period of history.