BookReview: A FALL OF MARIGOLDS by @soozmeissner from
Even though Ella and Taryn live in different time periods, their stories are eerily similar in many ways and woven together by a very special scarf. After all, “everything beautiful has a story it wants to tell.” In fact, this gorgeous marigold-printed scarf has not one, but two, stories to tell! Alternating between 1911 and 2011, A Fall of Marigolds features two New York City tragedies that occurred 90 years apart: the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911 and the collapse of the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001. What role does the scarf play in each of the women’s lives?
Desperate to tell her husband she’s pregnant after years of trying, Taryn asks him to meet her at the restaurant at the very top of the North Tower. Unfortunately, she survives while he does not. Meanwhile, 90 years earlier, Ella too lost a loved one in the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and struggles to move on.
I enjoyed both of these stories and loved how the author threaded them together to form a powerful whole. Since I visited Ellis Island in June 2018, I enjoyed reading about Ella’s life as a nurse there, and I could totally picture the island alive with newly arrived immigrants. And, of course, the events of 9/11 are totally seared into my memory, and just like Taryn, I had just discovered my own pregnancy the night before the tragedy. Don’t miss this heartfelt story about love, loss, and self forgiveness!
I’ve also read by this author and would highly recommend it as well!