Books: Clara and Mr. Tiffany

December 21, 2014

Trying to decide what to check out next from the library, I read the back of the audiobook Clara and Mr. Tiffany and saw “Clara must decide what makes her happiest—the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart.” As I was not particularly interested in either Tiffany or romance, I looked for something else to listen to during my commute.

But the next time I was back looking for another audiobook (a typical audiobook takes me about two weeks), I decided to give Clara and Mr. Tiffany a try. I’ve been finding most of the historical fiction I’ve been reading (or listening to) quite interesting, including people and period I hadn’t thought I cared about.

So it was with Tiffany lamps and the little-known woman who designed them. Clara Driscoll finds great fulfillment in her work turning Tiffany’s designs into beautiful leaded glass windows. She would also like to find fulfillment in marriage, but Mr. Tiffany has a strict policy against employing married women. So Clara has to choose between love and art.

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