Published: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012 Description: 371 p. ; 24 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9781594487019 (hardback), 1594487014 (hardback), Language: English
"A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives"--
In time, she would decide what she'd done wasn't madness at all. Was it mad to at least try to live as one wished, or as close to it as possible? This life is mine, she would think sometimes. This life is mine because of good luck. And because I reached out and took it.
L-O-V-E-D this book! The story juxtaposes the lives and backgrounds of Louise Brooks and Cora Carlisle, her chaperone on her first trip away from home to New York. In the summer of 1922, Louise leaves Wichita, Kansas to study at Denishawn School of Dance, but not without the chaperone that her parents insisted accompany her. Cora, with an agenda of her own in New York, sees the trip as an opportunity to answer questions about her unknown past. The novel is filled with history as it covers Prohibition, orphan trains, flappers, the Great Depression and the growing movement for equal rights. It also examines the characters sense of self - how their experiences and actions shaped their outcome. Well written and researched, I highly recommend it!