THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN
In her enthralling, richly imagined new novel, Brandy Purdy, author of The Ripper’s Wife, creates a compelling portrait of the real, complex woman behind an unthinkable crime.
Lizzie Borden should be one of the most fortunate young women in
. Her wealthy father could
easily afford to provide his daughters with fashionable clothes, travel, and a
rich, cultured life. Instead, haunted by the ghost of childhood poverty, he
forces Lizzie and her sister, Emma, to live frugally, denying them the simplest
modern conveniences. Suitors and socializing are discouraged, as her father
views all gentleman callers as fortune hunters. Fall River, Massachusetts
Lonely and deeply unhappy, Lizzie stifles her frustration, dreaming of the freedom that will come with her eventual inheritance. But soon, even that chance of future independence seems about to be ripped away. And on a stifling August day in 1892, Lizzie’s long-simmering anger finally explodes…
Vividly written and thought-provoking, The Secrets of Lizzie Borden explores the fascinating events behind a crime that continues to grip the public imagination—a story of how thwarted desires and desperate rage could turn a dutiful daughter into a notorious killer.
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