5 novels for the new year

If you're a fiction reader, you are going to want to pick up at least one of these early 2011 novels.

1. Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by Susan Vreeland


"Clara and Mr. Tiffany," by Susan Vreeland (Random House, 432 pp.) Vreeland, author of “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” once again builds a novel around the life of a famous artist and a major piece of art. This time her story, set in New York’s Gilded Age, imagines the Tiffany leaded-glass lamp as the creation of Clara Driscoll, the studio manager of Louis Tiffany Comfort. (January)

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