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Sisterly Love: The Saga of Emma and Lizzie Borden Paperback – January 1, 2014
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I grew up reading classic mysteries and watching 'film noir'. All I wanted was to grab a gat and go on adventures with Phillip Marlow or Sam Spade. Mom and Dad were all right with my insistence on switching from French to Russian in high school, even if the counselor wasn't amused with my reason - I needed Russian, if I was going to be an international spy. They were even okay with teaching me to shoot. However, they frowned on me spending time in smoky bars with fast guys or shady characters. By dreaming up my own adventures, I could live vicariously without the worry of being grounded. Those fantasy worlds led me to writing down all those stories swirling around in my head. So get ready world. Bollinger, Jordan Bollinger is here to sweep you off your heartstrings one bullet at a time.
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Readers are again advised that this is FICTION.
This period of the sister's lives is not documented in great detail because Emma was always retiring in nature, and Lizzie became so as she was ostracized by Fall River after the trail and really only had any joy in life when she was on shopping and theatre going trips to Boston and Washington D.C. Ms. Bollinger therefore has the room to be very imaginative at the end of the novel. So little is known of the sisters' activities during this period that she can pretty much do with her characters as she likes, to stunning effect.
Those were the days of "a lady should only have her name in the papers at her birth, at her marriage, and at her death."
One has to wonder if Lizzie might not have been able to live more of the life she would have liked if she had not sat on her pride and instead left Fall River behind and moved away. Lizzie was infamous, and dared not only to try to enjoy the life that the wealth she inherited allowed, but purchase a large house. She and her sister historically broke in 1905, and both lived lonely, solitary lives. Emma chose to do so because she was always retiring g and felt after the trial that retirement was the most appropriate action. Lizzie was forced into retirement because the townspeople would have nothing to do with her, and because the papers dragged out her notoriety every August 4th with an annual rehash of summer, 1892. They died nine or ten days apart in the summer of 1927 and are buried with their father, mother, stepmother, and a sister who died as a toddler in Fall River. Lizzie's grave marker reads "Lisbeth," the name she used after the murders, her baptismal name being Lizzie Andrew Borden.