A Fall of Marigolds

A Fall of Marigolds

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"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. Will what she learns 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. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn's eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?"--
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2014
ISBN: 9780451419910
045141991X
Branch Call Number: MEISSNER S
Characteristics: 370 p. ; 21 cm

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vmcmorris
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.

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lcraig368
Dec 07, 2016

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

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annphi
Mar 04, 2016

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

Chapel_Hill_SusanM Nov 17, 2015

If you love those Kate Morton-style books where two women in very different time periods have a surprising connection, try A Fall of Marigolds. In this case, it's a survivor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 who works as a nurse on Ellis Island, and a single mother widowed on 9/11, connected by the distinctive fabric of a silk scarf. Beautiful.

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blackburn427
Nov 12, 2015

The story switches between two stories with some distinct parallels- one in 1911 and the other in 2011. I found the story to be overly dramatic and the plot moved forward through silly coincidences and boring dialogue. I felt the author did her best to write a story that pulled on your heartstrings (which it did) yet didn't have much substance and I found the ending to be somewhat dissatisfying. I would recommend "A History of Love" as a more satisfying read that tackles heartache and history in a more interesting fashion.

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LASbookluvr
Apr 22, 2015

A fabulous book! Definitely will be among my favourites. I was intrigued by both stories and I loved how the scarf was woven through.

samdog123 Jul 11, 2014

Interesting plot--juxtaposes the events of the Shirtwaist fire in 1911 with 9/11 events. Clara Wood deals with the aftermath of the terrible fire in the Manhattan factory and the death of a romantic interest. Taryn Michaels, widowed from the terrorist attacks on the twin towers, learns to lay her grief to rest. Enjoyed this very much.

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bridge1
Apr 25, 2014

An interesting story of women in two time periods whose lives are entwined around a scarf. Good characters.

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