Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose is a vivid novel full of mystery, romance and historical details. The following book club questions will have spoilers so if you haven’t read the novel yet, check out my spoiler-free review first.
This novel is set in 1924 and twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. While she continues to try and move forward with her life, Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson.
Let’s get into the book club questions.
- What did you think about the author’s note at the beginning that talked about Louis Comfort Tiffany and the history behind the Laurelton Hall? Did you know anything about this prior to reading the book?
- How did starting with the prologue in 1957 set up expectations for what would unfold in the story?
- Why did Jenny decide to become an artist? Why wasn’t she able to paint in colors? What did colors represent to her about the past?
- Minx is somewhat of a lost soul. Why do you think her and Jenny bonded so much?
- We slowly learn about Jenny’s tragic past. Why do you think she took the blame for what her mother did? Was she wrong in doing so? Why or why not? What would you have done if you were Jenny?
- Why do you think her mother allowed her to go through with it? Are you surprised she never told her aunt the truth?
- Why do you think Jenny was finally able to reveal her past to Oliver?
- Ouija boards play a role in the novel. Why do they represent to Jenny? Have you ever played one?
- Why was Edward so determined to torture Jenny about her past?
- What did you think about the revelation at the end about Oliver’s engagement to another woman? Did it change your opinion of him?
- Jenny tells Oliver at the end that she felt the reason they were broken was because of her fear of her own past. Do you believe that?
- What do you think it means when they say “there is beauty even in broken things?”
- Will Jenny and Oliver finally be together?