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Laura Moriarty (2) (1970–)

Autor(a) de The Chaperone

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About the Author

Laura Moriarty was born in 1970 in Honolulu, HI. She attended the University of Kansas to earn her degree in social work and later her M.A. in Creative Writing. She went on to be awarded the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She soon became mostrar mais a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. It was then that she started her writing career. Her title's include: While I'm Falling, The Rest of Her Life, The Center of Everything, and The Chaperone. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone (2012) 1,818 cópias, 158 resenhas
The Center of Everything (2003) 1,297 cópias, 46 resenhas
The Rest of Her Life (2007) 803 cópias, 55 resenhas
While I'm Falling (2009) 339 cópias, 22 resenhas
American Heart (2018) 73 cópias, 3 resenhas


Conhecimento Comum



I really enjoyed. A bit of early Wichita history. KIRKUS REVIEWIn Kansas-native Moriarty?s fourth novel (While I?m Falling, 2009, etc.), she imagines the life of the actual Wichita matron who accompanied future silent film star Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 as a favor to Brooks' parents.Although Louise Brooks was a larger-than-life personality whose memoir LuLu in Hollywood is held in high critical esteem, she?s given short shrift by Moriarty, whose interest lies in Cora Carlisle. In 1922, 36-year-old Cora faces an empty nest as her twin sons prepare for college. Her lawyer husband, Alan, 12 years her senior, is a wonderful father and a good man, but their marriage is a sexless sham. She has grudgingly accepted and kept secret his (lifelong) homosexual love affair. So Alan is in no position to stop her when she announces that she is escorting Myra Brooks? 15-year-old daughter to New York City, where the girl has enrolled in dance school. He knows Cora?s real reason for going east. She lived in a Catholic orphanage in Manhattan until she was 7, then was sent to Kansas, where she was raised by a loving farm couple. Now she yearns to learn about her parentage. Louise, precociously sexual as well as beautiful and brainy (Schopenhauer is her favorite author), is a difficult, unlikable charge, but Cora finds time in New York to seek out information. Joseph, the janitor at the orphanage, helps Cora in her research while introducing her to the passion her marriage never offered. With Louise on the road to stardom, Cora returns to Wichita with Joseph, claiming he is her brothera charade Alan agrees to maintain. Cora seems to represent the history of women?s rights in the 20th century. An early suffragette, she applauds the end of prohibition and champions birth control and racial equality. She also gives Louise good advice during a rocky period in her career.Unlike the too-infrequently-seen Louise, the fictional characters seem less alive or important than the issues they represent.… (mais)
bentstoker | outras 157 resenhas | Jan 26, 2024 |
We follow Evelyn from grade 4 thru high school as she learns some tough lessons about life and fulfillment of our dreams. Author?s first book.
bentstoker | outras 45 resenhas | Jan 26, 2024 |
Quite a nice read about how a young woman's life takes a turn when she decides to act as a chaperone for a teenaged girl in New York City in the summer of 1922.

Offering glimpses at life for orphan children in NYC to Hollywood starlets and homosexuals in 1920s Kansas it is full of surprises but mostly it's a nice story about nice people.

I read most this one while home sick nursing a head cold and The Chaperone proved a perfect companion.
hmonkeyreads | outras 157 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |
Not much plot but great characters. The book is set in the early to mid eighties and the narrator is a poor, nerdy, smart girl in small town Kansas. I was the same age as the narrator at that time and I think the author did a great job of bringing that era to life again for me. The book is a quick read -- I finished it in about 2 days.
hmonkeyreads | outras 45 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |



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