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Meet Susan Meissner, Author of A Fall of Marigolds and Tour the Un-restored Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital

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Posted on February 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm


April 29, 2017 on Ellis Island at 1:30 p.m.

Susan Meissner will host a reading and book signing of A Fall of Marigolds, followed by a tour of the un-restored immigrant hospital, the setting used for the book!

Your ticket also includes a gift copy of the book.

A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away….

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

Location: Ellis Island – New Immigrant Building

Tickets are limited to 25 guests.

Meet at the Information Desk in the Immigration Museum no later than 1p.m.

Cost: $45 (does not include ferry ticket)

To purchase tickets, click here

To buy the ferry tickets click here

Tickets are non refundable.  We do not expect this event to be cancelled. However, if Ellis Island is closed due to inclement weather,  the event will be cancelled and rescheduled.You will be notified by email the evening before the event.
Ferry Ticket(s) for this event will be waiting for you at the “will call window” at your selected point of departure. (Select above)

Proceeds from this event go to the restoration and preservation of Ellis Island.


 About the Author

nnmmI cannot remember a time when I wasn’t driven to write. I attribute this passion to a creative God and to parents who love books and more particularly to a dad who majored in English and passed on a passion for writing.

I was born in 1961 in San Diego, California, and am the second of three daughters. I spent my very average childhood in just two houses. I attended Point Loma College in San Diego, majoring in education, but I would have been smarter to major in English with a concentration in writing. The advice I give now to anyone wondering what to major in is follow your heart and choose a vocation you are already in love with.

I’m happy and humbled to say that I’ve had 17 books published in the last dozen years, including The Shape of Mercy, which was named one of the 100 Best Books in 2008 by Publishers Weekly, and the ECPA’s Fiction Book of the Year, a Carol Award winner, and a RITA finalist. I teach at writers’ conferences from time to time and I’ve a background in community journalism.

I’m also a pastor’s wife and a mother of four young adults. When I’m not at work on a new novel, I write small group curriculum for my San Diego church. Visit me at my website, on Twitter at @SusanMeissner or on Facebook.

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