Ideas & Inspiration for Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
In autumn 1943, the unnamed narrator becomes friends with Holly Golightly. The two are tenants in a brownstone apartment in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Holly (age 18–19) is a country girl turned New York café society girl. As such, she has no job and lives by socializing with wealthy men, who take her to clubs and restaurants, and give her money and expensive presents; she hopes to marry one of them. According to Capote, Golightly is not a prostitute but an "American geisha."
Holly likes to shock people with carefully selected tidbits from her personal life or her outspoken viewpoints on various topics. Over the course of a year, she slowly reveals herself to the narrator, who finds himself fascinated by her curious lifestyle.
Title-specific resources for your Book to Art Club:
- Discussion Guide from the publisher.
- Project ideas and inspiration Pinterest board for this title.
- Sound clip of Truman Capote reading "Breakfast at Tiffany's" from 92Y.com
- Watch the movie after reading the book for comparison.
About the suggested projects:
Experience the story through Holly or the narrator's eyes--1943 New York City. Toss on your pearls, or string your own from mini marshmallows, and indulge in viewing Tiffany jewelry, recreate Holly's sleep mask or the masks from the theft scene, design your own Tiffany glass inspired creation, or write a heartfelt song or poem about home, while snacking on Tiffany Blue sweets and coffee.