Rating: 5 out of 5.

a fall of marigolds by susan meissner, 399 pp

historical fiction, dual timeline

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). The template for A Fall of Marigolds has inspired me with an idea for a future novel as well – stay tuned.

I read Marigolds a couple of years ago and re-read in early 2021 as a choice for my online HF book club, Third Thursday of the Month. I was thrilled to learn one of our members enjoyed it so much she suggested it for her local book club. She added a slice of color to their meeting by purchasing a beautiful scarf as a fun door prize. I highly recommend Marigolds as a book club choice. If you’re interested in the scarf idea, there’s a variety available at Red Bubble. Looking good, Jori!

Perfect door prize for a book club read of A Fall of Marigolds.

I listened to this one on Audible and can share the link if you’re interested – drop me a comment through the Contact page.

Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

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