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See What I Have Done

by Sarah Schmidt

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See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
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    Aug 2017, 324 pages
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    Jun 12, 2018, 352 pages

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Donna Chavez

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In this riveting debut novel, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

Sarah Schmidt's historical fictionalization of the Lizzie Borden story is a tsunami. From the first sentence - "He was still bleeding." – to housemaid Bridget's undergarments pasted to her perspiring legs, right on through to the sticky sweetness of ripe pear juice as it sluices over the chins and down the arms of policemen investigating the murders, we are engulfed by wave after wave of fluids. Every. Sort. There are the sloshing pots that need emptying every morning. There's the ubiquitous mutton broth, virtually a character in its own right, plotting wicked revenge on this niggardly family from its constant place on the stove. Consumed at every meal, growing ever more rancid by the hour, it wreaks havoc on Borden digestive systems. Oh, yes. There's vomit too.

Schmidt possesses this gift – albeit a peculiar gift (all the better to tell a peculiar story)...

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