About the Book

a novel by Michael Thomas Brimbau

The book in a nutshell

  GWPPPaperbackCoverThe Girl with the Pansy Pin recounts the mysterious ordeal and curious life of Lizzie Andrew Borden, one with a novel twist that will delight right up to its unexpected and surprising conclusion. It is the first major work of fiction on the Borden case in 22 years. Lizzie Borden and her sister Emma lived a life of privilege and entitlement, with wealth and social status far beyond their neighbors. But most pleasures were just window dressing, dangling beyond their reach. Riches were kept quarantined by a frugal patriarch, unable or unwilling to change his scrimping ways. As they became older, Lizzie and her sister grew restless, aching for a more opulent life—to reside on the Hill, in a big house, amongst their peers and Fall River’s finest families. Now their father was planning to give all his wealth away—to his wife, no doubt. And, why not? Abby Durfee Borden had been a devoted mother to his two ungrateful daughters. Andrew Jackson Borden had no intention of moving to the Hill or abandoning the home he had purchased for his wife. Discord and turmoil soon began to ferment and fester. Lizzie expressed concern that “Father has enemies and I fear that they will burn the house down around us.” On a sultry August morning, in the naked light of day, someone entered 92 Second Street and brutally hacked and murdered Andrew and Abby Borden. Soon the finger of guilt pointed to Lizzie. But she loved her father. He meant everything to her. The gold ring she had lovingly given him and that he always wore said as much. She would never have harmed him. Or would she?
The Girl with the Pansy Pin tells the gripping story of a desirable and vivacious young Victorian woman desperately longing for adventure and a lavish life.
The Girl with the Pansy Pin tells the gripping story of a desirable and vivacious young Victorian woman desperately longing for adventure and a lavish life. Instead, she wasted away in a stale, modest existence, in a father’s foregone reality, one with little chance of ever discovering love, happiness, or fulfillment. Now they have charged poor Lizzie with double murder. Though most of the story is invented and contrived, much of it is based on truth, but altered and reshaped to weave a captivating yarn. Pundits of the historical Borden Murders will recognize much of the timelines and representation of events and people altered, but delightfully so. And for those new to the Borden chronicle, they will be introduced to a seductive Lizzie, her friends, yearnings, loves, and heartbreaks, with a passion and a thirst for life never told before or likely ever again. Now available from Amazon.com!  



A new work of poetry by the author of Lizzie Borden: The Girl with the Pansy Pin!

6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)  Black & White on Cream paper 160 pages
PearTree Press ISBN-13: 978-0981904382 ISBN-10: 0981904386 BISAC: Poetry / Subjects & Themes / General
Putting pen to paper and allowing its ball tip to bleed and spill out is a good thing, and helps with the venting as well as needed healing. After all is said and done, following all the missteps and failings, to move on and search for lost love all over again is not only essential but the absolute specimen of a yearning and healthy soul—and the fundamental spirit conveyed in The Sadness I Take to Sea.
Available now on Amazon.com.

  • A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.- Oscar Wilde
  • I did not see his face, because he was all covered with blood. - Lizzie Andrew Borden
  • I don't know what I have said. I have answered so many questions and I am so confused I don't know one thing from another. I am telling you just as nearly as I know. - Lizzie Andrew Borden