Shelley Noble, author of “The Tiffany Girls,” has written an intriguing, captivating, and riveting Historical Fiction Novel. The timeline for this story is set in 1899 and centers around “The Tiffany Girls,” a group of artistic women who worked for Louis Comfort Tiffany. This revolves around the Paris World Fair, one of the biggest fairs in history, where Tiffany would be showcasing his finest glass pieces.
I love how Shelly Noble vividly describes the colorful and dramatic characters, the setting, and the exquisite stained glass art that the girls worked so diligently on. The characters are complex and complicated. In 1899, expectations of women were not the same as today. Mr. Tiffany did protect his girls, but there were certain restrictions. Married women couldn’t work there.
Emilie Pascal has left France to work here. Emilie is the daughter of an art forger. There is guilt by association in France, and Emilie is forced to leave. Another one of Tiffany’s Girls is Grace Griffith. Grace leads a double life, trying to be a political cartoonist for a basically male newspaper. She is forced to use a different name because her work would not be accepted because she is a woman. The manager of the women’s division, Clara Driscoll, has a special talent and idea for using dragonflies. She has a tremendous responsibility.
I appreciate the author’s research and found that these women faced many obstacles and had to give up many things for artistic pursuit. I highly recommend this memorable and thought-provoking novel.