One sure clue to my sewing productivity is the book I'm listening to. If it's a really good book there's going to be a lot of productivity. That was the case with The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. This is not a serious book, it's just a good story.
Here's the publisher's summary:
Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip. She has no idea what she’s in for: Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous blunt bangs and black bob, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever.
For Cora, New York holds the promise of discovery that might prove an answer to the question at the center of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in a strange and bustling city, she embarks on her own mission. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, it liberates her in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of the summer, Cora’s eyes are opened to the promise of the 20th century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.
The story opens with the tale of the chaperone trip to New York. As the two are on the train to from Wichita to New York we are introduced to Cora's story. About half of the book is set in New York for that summer and the rest is primarily Cora's life after New York. This is not usually the genre of book that I go for but this is a well written good story. All of the characters have something to hide and it's interesting to see how they deal with them within the moral rules of the time.
The interesting thing about this book is that it's narrated by Elizabeth McGovern and the mail character's name is Cora. I had her Downton Abby "Cora" image in this Cora's place. Fortunately it was a good fit.