'A Fall of Marigolds' brings the past into the present
Stories that connect periods of time have always intrigued me. Particularly those that involve an individual who lived long ago communicating, directly or indirectly, to someone in present day – through a letter, a memento, an artifact, a photograph, or even a spiritual encounter. As a history lover, any time a story brings the past into the present I want a front row seat! When I read the book summary on the back of the novel “A Fall of Marigolds” by Susan Meissner, I knew it would be a captivating tale.
“A beautiful scarf, passed down through generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away,” reads the description.
In the book, the title refers to the pattern on the scarf, which becomes the focal point in the lives of two women who lived a century apart – Clara Wood, a nurse on Ellis Island in 1911, and Tayrn Michaels, a fabric specialist who works at Heirloom Yard in Manhattan in 2011. Both have lost someone dear to them. During Clara’s day, hundreds of thousands of immigrants are pouring in to the United States, ready to begin what they hope will be promising new lives. She goes about her job helping them make the transition, while mourning the loss of a man she believes was destined to be her greatest love. Tayrn lives in a post 9/11 world that left her a widow and in search of meaning. The scarf finds its way into both of their lives…and their hearts. Although the two women never meet, the scarf helps each begin to stitch their lives back together, offering them the hope and strength to face another day.