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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,839 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Vreeland Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Against the unforgettable backdrop of New York near the turn of the twentieth century, from the Gilded Age world of formal balls and opera to the immigrant poverty of the Lower East Side, bestselling author Susan Vreeland again breathes life into a work of art in this extraordinary novel, which brings a woman once lost in the shadows into vivid color.

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, which he hopes will honor his family business and 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. Publicly unrecognized by Tiffany, Clara conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which he is long remembered.

Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman, which ultimately force her to protest against the company she has worked so hard to cultivate. She also yearns for love and companionship, and is devoted in different ways to five men, including Tiffany, who enforces to a strict policy: he does not hire married women, and any who do marry while under his employ must resign immediately. Eventually, like many women, Clara must decide what makes her happiest—the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s no excuse for any reader of high-quality literary fiction to let this novel pass by.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Vreeland’s writing is so graceful, her research so exhaustive, that a reader can’t help becoming enfolded in this fascinating world.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Vreeland’s ability to make this complex historical novel as luminous as a Tiffany lamp is nothing less than remarkable.”

    Washington Post

  • “A novel as sparkling and elegant as a Tiffany lampshade…A sensitive portrayal of women’s struggles in the nineteenth century…[Susan Vreeland] has captured the tone of an era…The consistent elegance and vitality of her prose make reading her book a pleasure.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “As she did for a Vermeer painting in Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Vreeland traces the secret history of an objet d’art—this time, the iconic Tiffany lamp…A fascinating look at turn-of-the-century New York City.”

    People (starred review)

  • Selected for the January 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/19/2014

    " I've always loved items made of stained glass which of course led me to Tiffany's works. Having seen some of his company's windows in local churches, I found the descriptions of how they were made interesting. I had known that he himself did not make all the items, but I did not realize how large his company was and how many people he employed. Clara was a bit ahead of her times as the head of one of Tiffany's departments, the only department of women in the company. This time in history was not particularly kind to working women, and Tiffany wouldn't employ any married women, which is why Clara had left, and when widowed returned to work. She has come into her own as a designer and designed and worked on the lamps produced at this time. The book presents the lampshades as one of her ideas pitched to Tiffany, but history cannot confirm that as fact. Also her love life is on hold, she seems to be in love with Tiffany, and doesn't want to marry Bernard because she will then have to leave her work. As the company has been operating in the red, specialty items will not be produced and Clara won't be able to design, so it looks like she'll have to leave anyway. It's a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ellyn | 2/4/2014

    " it was a slow read for me, but only because of the detail. it was interesting and i enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dee | 1/29/2014

    " I have always enjoyed Susan Vreeland's books but this one was not as gripping as her others. Still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Afton | 1/15/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this book. It's well written but also informative about the struggles women have had being recognized for their creative talent and being fairly compensated for their work. "

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