Update on Parallel Lives – A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden and Her Fall River

23 Sep


Fall River Historical Society Hello, everyone. Dennis here, speaking for Michael and myself. It’s been a long day, but here goes. Thanks, Terrie! Megan – yes, we thank the gods it is nearly over. Pam – you know we love you, too. Bob – how many cats DO you have? JoAnne – yes, it will be available before Christmas and that’s a promise. Ginny – come on, never give up hope, we’ve been trying … really. Faye – absolutely correct. The trade edition and the limited edition will be different from the presentation edition, which has been specially prepared for benefactors in recognition of their financial support of the project. There are only thirty of those, each one of a kind as each is personalized in print; as a benefactor of the publication, you will receive one of those. The particulars of the trade edition and the limited edition will be detailed on the website. Al – as soon as the website goes live, anyone interested in a limited edition can preorder it online, by phone, or in our museum shop. Faye – your answer to Al’s question is correct. Incidentally, would LOVE to go to Kona. Okay, all. We’ve been here since 7 a.m. – going home now. Thanks so much! Until next time …


Michael Martins, curator of the Fall River Historical Society, posted an update on the status of this long anticipated book on the FRHS Facebook page..  From his post below it appears we are really, truly, finally, tuning the last corner of completion.  As an added treat, Michael gives us an excerpt from the book, representative of the kinds of insights into Lizzie not previously accessible and specific to the purpose of the book itself.

Hello, everyone. Great news to report today! A telephone call yesterday from our Sales Representative at the company charged with producing Parallel Lives alerted us to the fact that the printing phase of the book is complete; the sheets are in the process of being arranged into signatures in preparation for binding. As was mentioned in an earlier posting, the book is going to be released in two editions: a trade edition, and a deluxe collector’s edition, limited to only 100 copies.

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      The rest of the messageL: Our next posting will include a link to the Parallel Lives website, which will include pricing and ordering information, excerpts, and other interesting features – expect that in the next week or so.I suspect that many people are interested in the particulars of Lizzie’s youth, a period of which there has been much speculation, since so little was previously known. We do know rather a bit more about her early years now, as those of you who read Parallel Lives will find out. Thought some of you might find the following excerpt from the book of interest; incidentally, the “Lulie” mentioned in the text was one of Lizzie’s school friends, whose diaries we were given access to:“Though Lulie and Lizzie lived in neighborhoods physically separated by the bustling center of the city, they did seem to maintain a relationship that was not restricted entirely to school. ‘Lizzie Borden asked me to go out and ride with her last Saturday,’ Lulie wrote, ‘but it is very stormy and we concluded to go tomorrow but she can’t go now until next Saturday.’ It is unknown if riding, in this case, meant on horseback or in a carriage; both were commonplace pastimes of the day and available to Lizzie, as her father did maintain, for many years, a horse and carriage in his Second Street barn. Riding horseback was also a pastime that could have been enjoyed in the country, on the family farm in Swansea. The entry for the following Saturday makes no mention of spending any time riding with Lizzie. She does not appear again until several days later, when Lulie ‘walked part of the way home with Lizzie Borden.’”And there are a number of additional references to Lizzie as well, little personal details, recorded by Lulie, our youthful diarist. No smoking gun here, certainly, but interesting insight into her life – at least we think so.As I’ve said before, it’s been a long, long haul, folks – and we honestly can’t begin to thank you enough for trudging along with us.”

Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Books - Good & Not So Good


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2 responses to “Update on Parallel Lives – A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden and Her Fall River

  1. Leslie A Brown

    September 23, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    What will the Deluxe Edition have that the Trade Edition will not have? If there will be only 100 Deluxe Editions printed, won’t those be snapped up in about one minute? Leslie Brown

  2. phayemuss

    September 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I’m not exactly sure of the difference except maybe it’s boxed, has special dedication, ???? I DO know there is a third edition, the “Presentation” edition for those who contributed towards the printing cost ($1,000 donation) which has a beautiful presentation page….I’ve seen it but don’t want to give it away. Please contact the FRHS for the answer to your question. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. 🙂


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