The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

When in 1922, Wichita matron, Cora Carlisle, agrees to chaperone fifteen-year-Louise Brooks to New York City to attend a famous dance school, her life is transformed in ways she never could have imagined.  A striking beauty, Louise is determined to become an actress.  An orphan sent to Kansas by train and adopted by farmers, Cora has a secret mission of her own to discover her true parentage.  Tensions mount as the more traditional Cora tries to rein in the unconventional and precocious Louise, but in the five weeks they spend together, Cora develops a reluctant sympathy for her charge and becomes more liberated herself in her own views.  Aware of the richer opportunities available to her, Cora adopts an unconventional lifestyle on her return to Kansas as she follows the career of the now famous and iconic Louise. 

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