A Fall of Marigolds

A Fall of Marigolds

Book - 2014
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A beautiful scarf connects two women touched by tragedy in this compelling, emotional novel from the author of As Bright as Heaven and The Last Year of the War.

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries...and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she's made. What she learns could devastate her-or free her.

September 2011. On Manhattan's Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers...the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. But a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf may open Taryn's eyes to the larger forces at work in her life.

" Meissner creates two sympathetic, relatable characters that readers will applaud. Touching and inspirational."- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York, NY : New American Library, c2014.
ISBN: 9780451419910
Characteristics: 370 p.


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Jun 02, 2021

A scarf connects two women, one in September 1911 who survived the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and one in September 2001 who watched as the twin towers fell. It’s the first fictional account of 9/11 that I’ve read and I found myself crying during those parts. While I liked the story overall I found the main character of the 1911 story maddeningly unrelatable

Jan 12, 2021

A delicately-woven story of love, loss, despair, renewal and hope. Such a wonderful book to read. I will be exploring more of Susan Meissner's works.

Apr 05, 2020

Dual stories about the fire in Manhattan at a shirt factory and the explosion of the Twin Towers. A lot of history about immigration into Ellis Island. The stories were rather loosely woven by a scarf that was passed to a nurse on Ellis Island.

Mar 15, 2020

I discovered this novel in a thrift shop and so many people in one of my Facebook groups told me they loved it that I was looking forward to reading it. For one reason or another it took a year for me to actually pick it up from my to-read bookshelf, and then I could hardly put it down till I finished it. This historical fiction is written using a dual timeline, with an eye-catching scarf (covered in marigolds) the connection between the two main characters: Clara in 1911 and Taryn in 2011. Other similarities include both women living in New York and both grieving the death of a loved one. I thought the author did an excellent job of recreating the actual disasters that each woman experienced. There were several unexpected plot twists in the last quarter of the book that elevated it from predictable chick-lit. This was a story of love and loss and learning that the world is made bearable by the love we give away.

Nov 07, 2019

Recommended by Lia Goyer

Apr 22, 2019

This has to be one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!
The storyline keeps you very engaged, wondering throughout how it will end and why the scarf is so central.
It really is a beautiful and heartwarming story.

Sep 14, 2018

Way too saccharine for my taste. As a result, I will not judge it with stars as it is clear from the other reviews that it is a popular story.

Feb 03, 2017

Interesting book that tells the story of two women in different times. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and World Trade Center disaster are the background for the two stories. They are connected by a beautiful scarf.

Dec 07, 2016

This is by far one of my favorite books. It is so well written.

Mar 04, 2016

A wonderful read. Weaving the time periods was seamless and the characters were vivid and memorable.

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