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Also from Laura Moriarty: Cora's Prohibition-Friendly Lemonade, or Louise's Hard Lemonade

 



 

 

 

 

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Laura Moriarty:

Fresh Honeydew Melon Salad

Flavored with lime juice, mint, and cilantro, this
honeydew melon salad is perfect for summer parties.


The Chaperone

THE CHAPERONE

Also see Laura Moriarty's recipe: Cora's Prohibition-Friendly Lemonade, or Louise's Hard Lemonade


Laura MoriartyIn the summer of 1922, only a few years before she became a famous actress of the silent screen and an icon for her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks left Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she was accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who was neither mother nor friend. Little is known about this real chaperone, but my new novel imagines her as Cora Carlisle, a complicated woman with her own reason for making the trip. Of course, Cora has no idea what she’s in for: young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her black bob with bangs, was known for her arrogance, her lack of respect for convention, and her keen intelligence. Cora is hardly a stranger to adversity, but by the time their train pulls into Grand Central Station, she fears that supervising and protecting her cunning young charge will be at best exhausting, and at worst, impossible.

But she can’t turn back. For Cora, New York holds the promise of discovery that might prove a solace to lifetime of yearning, and so even as she does her best to endure and watch over Louise in a strange and bustling city, she perseveres in secret on her own mission. She does indeed make a great discovery, and though it isn’t the one she anticipates, The Chaperone becomes a novel of how much you can be changed by a summer, a city, and even by someone who seems born to annoy you, contradicting everything you say and believe.

Author photo credit: C. Tracy Rasmussen

Fresh Honeydew Melon Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes

Taken from the ladies luncheon at the Wichita theater
(and in honor of Cora'sHoneydew Melon Salad Recipe admitted lack of culinary skills),
we offer sweetened honeydew melon.

Serve with Cora’s Prohibition-Friendly Lemonade, or Louise’s Hard Lemonade.

4 cups honeydew melon, cut into 1-inch pieces (about ½ large melon)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Sugar, to taste

Combine the honeydew, lime juice, cilantro, mint and sugar in a bowl. Toss to combine. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Yield: 4-6 servings