Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose
Nolan, newly arrivedfrom Ireland, finds work at New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 firein which 146 employees died. Sixteen-year-old Rose Nolan andher family are gratefulto have finally reached America,the great land of opportunity. Their happiness is shattered when part of theirfamily is forcedto return to Ireland.Rose wants to succeedand staysin New York with her younger sister Maureen. The sisters struggle to survive and barely do so by workingat the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Then, just as Rose is forming friendships and settling in, a devastatingfire forces her, Maureen,and theirfriends to fight for their lives. Surrounded by pain, tragedy, and ashes, Rose wonders if there’s anything left for her in this great land of America.
Shelfari edited the description of Ashes of Roses Saturday, August 1, 2009.