We’ve just bid farewell to October — which made me feel of a basically charming romance novel that requires location during the Chicago World’s Fair, which lasted more than a year and ended at the end of October, 1893.
Deeanne Gist’s Tiffany Girl revolves around the glassworkers’ strike that threatened Louis Comfort Tiffany’s commitment to supply stained glass for the Fair’s chapel. Rather than capitulating to the workers’ terms, Tiffany hired women to do most of the staging, which incorporated virtually each step of the approach (like cutting the glass) just before soldering — a job regarded ‘mannish.’
The book follows Flossie, a young Tiffany Girl just spreading wings of independence at a time when such factors have been frowned upon and Reeve, a journalist who tells himself he disapproves of everything about Flossie, but winds up falling under her spell anyway.
Gist does an incredible job of telling a complex love story against a backdrop of social and private adjust Flossie starts out in her parents’ property, practically a slave to her father’s gambling, as she and her mother sew morning to evening to try to make sufficient to overcome his losses. Flossie’s one pleasure is art — and she’s outraged when her father’s losses force her to abandon her research. But a chance meeting with Louis Comfort Tiffany at her final class lands her a job with his glass organization, and she leaves property for a boarding property, a lot to her parents’ chagrin.
Flossie is a fascinating character she’s determined to make her own way in the globe, but convinced it is a benevolent location exactly where people ought to like each and every other. She begins out as likable however immature, then grows into a stronger, more seasoned version of herself — an interesting juxtaposition against Reeve’s expanding understanding that his concepts about New Girls — contemporary functioning women — are flawed and simplistic.
‘Tiffany Girl’ is short, barely topping 300 pages, but it casts a vibrant light on an era when females were struggling to find a place in the globe that did not start and finish with marriage.
Tiffany Girl is brief, barely topping 300 pages, but it casts a vibrant light on an era when girls were struggling to discover a place in the world that did not start and finish with marriage. And, just as importantly, struggling with the social troubles triggered by their progress — men’s fear and fascination, and their reactions to the striving New Girls.
This peek into Tiffany’s glass empire is vibrant and textured, and Gist’s notes at the starting and the finish of the book sift via truth and fiction for even a lot more appealing specifics. Her option to use occasional illustrations adds one more compelling artistic layer.
There are many factors girls study romance novels, just as there infinite versions of what a romance novel is. I enjoyed Gist’s literary stroll by way of a close to-forgotten time, and her celebration of the triumph of the Tiffany Girls. I adore the reminder of what came just before — in a professional sense, in a style sense with regards to propriety and society.
Romance novels discover every aspect of history and continually provide windows on the previous — and often we uncover these windows are brilliant, colorful, exquisite stained glass masterpieces, developed by females.
Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer primarily based in Madison, Wis. She writes, blogs and testimonials for Kirkus Media, and celebrates romance and women’s fiction on her internet site ReadARomanceMonth.com.