Title: A Fall of Marigolds
About the author: (credit to Goodreads)
Publish Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley, NAL, Penguin Randomhouse
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Family Saga Fiction
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 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.
I fell in love with Susan Meissner’s writing, after reading As Bright As Heaven last year. It was only natural that I decided I needed to read everything else written by Meissner. A Fall of Marigolds is a beautiful story about love and heartache. It’s a journey of sorts told through the eyes of two women, years apart, but both sharing a tragedy.
I enjoyed this book very much! I loved learning more about Ellis Island and the process that takes place as immigrants crossed over to America, and were held at the hospital before they could come into the United States.