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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
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Sep 04, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

The title of this book is a little deceptive, since the heroine of the story, Cora, spends little time actually chaperoning Louise (based loosely on the real-life silent film star, Louise Brookes). That said, I was drawn into it and enjoyed all but the last few chapters, since it never resolved the theme. There wasn't a relationship with these two women and Louise quickly disappears from the story and only reappears years later in a sad cameo. I nicked it one star for the missing conclusion of these two women, and the many snippets of omniscient point-of-view. These become chronic at the end of the book and feel more like the winding down of a biography and not the telling of a heartfelt story about self-awareness, acceptance and compromise that it is. Still, there are many provocative thoughts and experiences that transcended to the readers reminding us of the lives we touch, the lives we've lived based on the circumstances of our mothers at the time of our birth.
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