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See what I have done, Sarah Schmidt

Label
See what I have done
Title
See what I have done
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Schmidt
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt's "eerie and compelling" (Paula Hawkins) debut novel, is a wholly unique reimagining of the infamous true story of Lizzie Borden, who gained celebrity status after being tried and acquitted for the murders of her father and stepmother. On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to the maid: Someone's killed father. The brutal axe-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their house in Fall River, Massachusetts ignites a series of domestic nightmares. From the outside, no one can understand why anyone would want to murder the respected Bordens. From the inside, sisters Lizzie and Emma have a different tale to tell. Both unmarried and intimately bound together in a stifling environment, they each struggle against their oppressive home-life while longing for independence. As the police fail to find clues, Lizzie tries to make sense of the moments leading up to the discovery of the bodies. But there are other witnesses to the crime. Through the overlapping perspectives of Emma, the housemaid Bridget, the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, and the fascinating Lizzie herself, the ghosts of their pasts resurface and return to that fateful day. Shocking and riveting, Schmidt's nuanced, high-wire narration recasts a sensational true story into a sensitive and human portrayal of a volatile, tortured family, and what it means to be free and truly loved"--
  • "Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. Or did she? In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most spellbinding murder cases of all time into a sensitive and humane portrait of two sisters caught inside a volatile household -- and what it means to be free and truly loved. On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid Bridget: Someone's killed father. The discovery of the brutal axe-murders of Andrew and Abby Borden under their own roof in Fall River, Massachusetts paralyzes the small community. No one can understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens. But secret witnesses to the crime have a different tale to tell -- of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful step-mother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence. As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? Before or after she last spoke to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Through the overlapping perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, we return to what happened on that fateful day"--
Summary
Lizzie Borden took an axe... and, well, we all know what happened next. Or do we? This unsettling debut by Australian author Sarah Schmidt tells the story from the (conflicting) perspectives of Lizzie, her elder sister, a maid in the Borden household, and a stranger whose surprising connection to the crime is gradually revealed. With its creeping dread and unreliable narrators, See What I Have Done may appeal to fans of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace. -- Description by Gillian Speace
Theme
Storyline
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Award
  • Australian Book Industry Awards, Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2018.
  • Librarians' Choice (Australia), 2017
  • Loan Stars Favourites, 2017
Assigning source
  • Provided by publisher
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10557046
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
See what I have done, Sarah Schmidt
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=3076093
Instantiates
Publication
Note
First published in Australia in 2017 by Hachette Australia. Published simultaneously in Canada" -- Verso title page
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn990778145
Edition
First American hardcover edition.
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780802189134
Lccn
2017029469
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
64B581F2-C38F-4CCA-B9C7-DD618C94DD3A
System control number
(OCoLC)990778145
Label
See what I have done, Sarah Schmidt
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=3076093
Publication
Note
First published in Australia in 2017 by Hachette Australia. Published simultaneously in Canada" -- Verso title page
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn990778145
Edition
First American hardcover edition.
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780802189134
Lccn
2017029469
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
64B581F2-C38F-4CCA-B9C7-DD618C94DD3A
System control number
(OCoLC)990778145

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