Sara Vilkomerson
May 25, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Chaperone

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Laura Moriarty
publisher
Riverhead
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

With her shiny black bob and milky skin, Louise Brooks epitomized silent-film glamour. But in Laura Moriarty’s engaging new novel The Chaperone, Brooks is just a hyper-precocious and bratty 15-year-old, and our protagonist, 36-year-old Cora Carlisle, has the not-easy mission of keeping the teenager virtuous while on a trip from their native Kansas to New York City. After a battle of wills, there’s a sudden change of destiny for both women, with surprising and poignant results. B+

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