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A FALL OF MARIGOLDS

Susan Meissner
New York, dual timeline 1911 / 2011, 399 pages

One of the best examples I’ve ever read of a dual timeline narrative for historical fiction. Meissner creates a beautiful story of two women separated by 100 years yet pulled together by shared experiences of tragic lost love and a single silk scarf. Set in 1911 and 2011, New York’s history comes alive with the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and 9-11. Each event symbolizes and reveals how we can learn from tragedies and develop positive outcomes (labor protections, homeland security, personal acceptance).

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