Online, Book Talk
Monday, December 13 at 6PM
THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN: A TRUE STORY
by CARA ROBERTSON
in-conversation with BRAD BRIAN
WINNER OF THE NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY BOOK AWARD. Based on 20 years of research and recently unearthed evidence, this true crime and legal history is the "definitive account to date of one of America's most notorious and enduring murder mysteries" (Publishers Weekly,).
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her murder trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone--rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars, and laypeople--had an opinion about Lizzie Borden's guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn't she?
An essential piece of American mythology, the popular fascination with the Borden murders has endured for more than one hundred years. Told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror. In contrast, "Cara Robertson presents the story with the thoroughness one expects from an attorney...Fans of crime novels will love it" (Kirkus Reviews). Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden is "a fast-paced, page-turning read" (Booklist, starred review) that offers a window into America in the Gilded Age. This "remarkable" (Bustle) book "should be at the top of your reading list" (PopSugar).
Cara Robertson began researching the Borden case as a Harvard undergraduate in 1990. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Oxford and a JD from Stanford Law School. She clerked at the Supreme Court of the United States, served as a lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, and written for various publications. The Trial of Lizzie Borden is her first book.
Brad Brian is a long-time friend of Chevalier's Books. Brian is a national trial lawyer and Chair of Munger, Tolles & Olson.