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Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland, review and giveaway

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Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland – Summary from Amazon:

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.

My Review:

For many years I’ve looked longingly at Tiffany Lamps, coveted them, but I never really knew much about the history behind them.  I was surprised to hear about Clara Driscoll and that it was she who was behind the iconic lamps.

I love how Susan Vreeland took someone as little known as Clara, and with a great deal of research and imagination wrote a beautiful book about her.  Not only that, but she paints a picture of how life at the turn of the century was for women and men in New York with plenty of historical detail.  There is also quite a lot of detail about the making of the lamps.  I found it extremely interesting because it couldn’t have been easy – it’s not like they had the technology like we do today.

The further into the book I read, the more I began to adore the cast of characters.  From Mr. Tiffany to Clara and all her friends at the boarding house, the ladies and men she works with, each one is important to the story and Susan brings them to life beautifully – even the minor characters.  You can tell they are all meaningful to her.  She is one of the foremost writers of historical fiction today.

Many thanks to TLC book tours for sending me a copy to read in exchange for my honest review.  And, also for allowing me to offer a copy of the book to one lucky reader of my blog.  Here’s how to enter:

Comment on this post with your email address.  If you share this post in any way – Twitter, Facebook, on your blog, etc – that will bring you extra entries.  Just let me know what you did.  If you like my blog on Facebook, that will also give you an extra entry.  Contest ends on May 29 and is open to anyone in Canada and the US.  Good luck!

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17 thoughts on “Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland, review and giveaway

  1. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I recently read Vreeland’s The Forest Daughter, which seems to be similar in that it takes an oft-overlooked female artist and delves into her personal life, especially the constraints of society upon her professional life. I really enjoyed it – Vreeland writes very well, not to mention the fascinating subject material – and hope to soon be reading another of Vreeland’s novels!

    bookwormsusanna AT gmail DOT com

  2. I hadn’t even heard of this book yet, but I saw that cover and had to come see your thoughts on it. Sounds like such an interesting tale of a great era, I would love to read it, too!
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  3. This book look like a good one to me. Thank you for the chance to win.
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  4. I hadn’t heard of this book, either. Love a story that brings light to a little know figure, fictionally or otherwise. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. I haven’t heard of this one. Sounds good!

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  6. Wow, this book sounds really interesting and I love the cover!

  7. Reposting comment because I forgot email address!
    Wow, this book sounds really interesting and I love the cover!
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  8. I liked your blog on FB
    I tweeted this giveaway
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  9. love to hear your response – a great intro and captures me as well.. TY
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  10. i have def liked you on FB !
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  12. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  13. Our book club is going to read Clara and Mr. Tiffany. The jacket is very interesting and a real eye catcher. I liked your web page on face book. Thanks for the chance to own the book

  14. I love historical fiction. Clara and Mr Tiffany sounds perfect for me.I will tweet at rhondareads.lomazowr@gmail.com

  15. I also liked blog on facebook.

  16. I really enjoyed this book too! Have read a few of Vreeland’s books so far and have never been disappointed yet.

    No need to enter me into the contest.

  17. Pingback: Susan Vreeland, author of Clara and Mr. Tiffany, on tour May/June 2012 | TLC Book Tours

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