This was a very sweet story – a love story but also a story about women’s sturggles entering in the work force in the late 1800’s. I loved learning about how the stained glass windows were designed especially since I work with beach glass. I found it intriguing that so much has changed yet so much is still the same. For example, do you suppose there are still any boarding houses in Manhattan? If so do they accept male and female boarders and serve meals and leave the doors unlocked? And today, over 100 years later, women are still struggling in the work force for equal treatment and wages and there is still so much poverty especially for women and minorities.
Here is a synopsis of the book from the library:
It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows that he hopes will earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s division, who conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will long be remembered. Never publicly acknowledged, Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman. She also yearns for love and companionship, and is devoted in different ways to five men, including Tiffany, who enforces a strict policy: He does not employ married women. Ultimately, Clara must decide what makes her happiest–the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart.
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