A Fall of Marigolds

A Fall of Marigolds

Book - 2014
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A scarf covered in bright marigolds links two women one hundred years apart - one lost her husband when the Twin Towers fell in 2001, the other saw the man she loved jump to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
Publisher: New York, New York : New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780451419910
Characteristics: 370 pages ;,21 cm


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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.

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.

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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