Flossie Jayne lives for her painting life as we begin
latest tale into the world of the late nineteenth century.
really only one respectable position a woman can hold in
—the role of wife and child bearer, which Flossie looks
until her tuition at the School of Applied Design is
revoked by her
father, and her dreams of painting are dashed in favor of
home with her mother. Such treatment angers Flossie, and
she begins to question the very ideas she's bound to—of
her wages to the men in her life and not having the choice
painting as she pleases.
TIFFANY GIRL twists real life events into a compelling
and takes on feminism long before its heyday, giving
into the role of women many decades before.
Gist is fascinated by the 1893 World's Fair set in
Chicago, and she
makes it one of the first points of tension in the story
glassworkers at Tiffany's go on strike and Louis Tiffany
calling for women to fill the jobs instead. Flossie, in
need of money
for her art school tuition, takes Tiffany up on his offer
surprised at the fallout of her actions. What is a basic
was not in the 1890's—leaving home an unmarried woman is
as disgraceful and a surefire way for Flossie to end up an
husbandless and childless.
But Flossie is determined to fit in and thrive in her new
circumstances, and such courage keeps readers rooting for
success. TIFFANY GIRL is a compelling historical novel
full of love,
suspense, and above all, what it means to be a woman at
of the nineteenth century.
From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair and
Fair Play comes a compelling historical novel about a
progressive “New Woman”—the girl behind Tiffany’s chapel—
the love that threatens it all.
As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and
the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive
Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to
his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the
likes of which the world has never seen.
But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’
strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an
unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art
Students League of New York. Eager for adventure, the
women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take
steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany
Tiffany Girl is the heartwarming story of the impetuous
Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist who is
by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though
to live in a boarding house when most women stayed home,
quickly finds the world is less welcoming than
From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple,
and a condescending singing master, she takes on a
cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a
home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make
name for herself in the art world.
As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from
unexpected quarter: her own heart. Who will claim victory?
Her dreams or the captivating boarder next door?