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Book Title: A Fall of Marigolds|
The author of the book: Susan Meissner
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Edition: Center Point
Date of issue: March 1st 2014
ISBN 13: 9781628990119
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 941 KB
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This book could quite possibly be my most favorite book of all time. I can't remember when I've read a story that resonates with me as deeply as this one. I feel richer for just having read it.
The story is about two women, their lives lived a century apart yet entwined with a single scarf and a shared grief. Meissner masterfully weaves the stories together, blending the edges in a smooth flow, making their lives almost one and the same. Both harbor pain as the result of tragedy, both are stuck in an in-between place - unable to go back, incapable of moving on. The scarf pulls both of them out of their inertia and forces them to see the truth - that love is a gift, something we choose, and that our lives move forward and change us whether we like it or not.
This book is historical fiction on two fronts, both the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the Twin Towers tragedy. Being connected to the reality of September 11 - watching those events unfold on live television, watching the towers fall, watching the people who chose their own destiny from the windows - made Clara's shock and grief over the events of August 1911 more real to me. I found myself in tears over passages at several different points in the story.
But the overall message is one of hope, "Life goes on, and it is far too short to spend it on wishing you'd made a different choice or taken a different path. Rejoice in today and be happy."
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Read information about the authorSusan Meissner was born in San Diego, California, the second of three. She spent her childhood in just two houses.
Her first writings are a laughable collection of oddly worded poems and predictable stories she wrote when she was eight.
She attended Point Loma College in San Diego, and married her husband, Bob, who is now an associate pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, in 1980. When she is not working on a new novel, she is directing the small groups ministries at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. She also enjoy teaching workshops on writing and dream-following, spending time with my family, music, reading great books, and traveling.
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