From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair andFair Play comes a compelling historical novel about a progressive “New Woman”—the girl behind Tiffany’s chapel—and 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 unveil 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 New York School of Applied Design. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.”
Tiffany Girl is the heartwarming story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to be an independent “New Woman” when most of the fair sex stayed home, she quickly finds the world less welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple, and a condescending singing master, she takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in the art world.
As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart.
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Deeanne Gist has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historicals. Add to this four RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.
With three-quarters of a million trade books sold, her awards include National Readers’ Choice, Book Buyers’ Best, Golden Quill, Books*A*Million Pick of the Month, Romantic Times Pick of the Month, Award of Excellence, and Laurel Wreath.
Gist lives in Texas with her husband of thirty-one years and their border collie. They have four grown children.
Papa gave her a placating smile. “All the great artists are men, my dear. That’s just the way things are. The sooner you accept that, the better. I don’t know if it’s the art school who’s putting these ideas into your head or if it is some half-formed aspiration thrilling upon your nerves that is to blame, but you must stop with these foolish notions.”
Rearranging the spoon beside her pudding cup, Flossie lined it up perfectly straight. “Mr. Louis Comfort Tiffany came to the art studio today. Because of a strike, he’s lost his glaziers and glassworkers. He needs someone to help him finish making stained-glass windows for his exhibit at the World’s Columbian Exposition. He offered me and five other girls the men’s jobs.”
“I’m sure you told him no.” Papa wiped his mouth with the napkin hanging from his collar. “Wonderful dessert, my dear. Simply wonderful.”
“I accepted the position. I start January second.”
He gave her a look of loving tolerance. “You will write him a very nice note then, thanking him, but telling him you are needed at home.”
“I’m moving out.”
Removing his napkin, he pushed back his chair. “Do not test me anymore, Flossie. You will not move out of this house until you are good and wed. And you will not take a job, ever.”
“I am taking this job, Papa. You can go to the races on it. I will leave as soon as I can secure a room in a boardinghouse.” He’d narrowed his eyes at the word “races,” but it was the word “boardinghouse” that sent him completely over the edge.
“A boardinghouse?” He gripped the table and leaned forward. “No daughter of mine will hold a job, nor will she live in a boardinghouse.” He spewed the last word out as if it were Hades itself.
She set her jaw. “I’m sorry, but my mind is made up.”
She didn’t know how she’d do it, though. The other girls at the Art School of Applied Design already lived in houses without any vacancies or were going to stay at home, but the more Flossie thought about a boardinghouse, the more excited she became about it. She’d have no one to answer to. No one. Not her father. Not her mother. Not even a husband. She wouldn’t just be a New Woman, she’d be a whole new person.