The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a story about all the things one woman sees and learns and experiences in her long life. In some ways (writing style, the attitude of the narrator) it reminded me of Gilead. The story is told through the point of view of Cora, the main character who begins her life in an orphanage in NYC at the end of the 19th century. There are places where the older and wiser voice of Cora many years later pops in though, which gives the story a certain depth and allows for some interpretation of the events that occur. There are a lot of "oh my goodness!" moments in the book, and I don't want to say too much about what happens because that would spoil those. Overall this was a really good story well told.