Side by Side: A Novel of Bonnie and Clyde
"Someday they'll go down together / they'll bury them side by side. / To few it’ll be grief / To the law a relief / But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.”
The story of America’s most infamous crime spree told in the raw and honest voice of the woman who lived it, Bonnie Parker.
Texas: 1931. Bonnie Parker’s dreams of the limelight and a white picket fence are on hold. She’s...more
Becoming Bonnie is the prequel to Side by Side. Each are…moreCindy, thank you so much for the question! No, you do not need to read Becoming Bonnie first.
Becoming Bonnie is the prequel to Side by Side. Each are standalones (Side by Side can be read first, second, on its own, etc) and the novels are companions to each other with the same characters appearing in both. Of course, I hope you'll read and enjoy both :) (less)
I have long been fascinated by Bonnie and Clyde and have always wanted to learn more about them. I bought Becoming Bonnie when it was released, but have not read it yet. That fact did not affect my enjoyment of Side by Side. It can definitely stand on its own and is a fulfilling story as is, though I intend to read Becoming Bonnie so I can learn more about her early life and to understand her better.
It’s Texas in ...more
Side by Side tells the story of Bonnie and Clyde as they embark on the path that led them to become the most infamous duo of the 1930’s. Walsh infuses life into their tale providing richly descriptive details that cause the readers to feel like they are accompanying the duo on their path to destruction. Bonnie’s devotion to Clyde ran deep (which was a bit baffling to me) and clearly contributed to the choices they ultimately made and the life they chose to pursue. While most readers wil ...more
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Side by Side picks up sometime after the events of Becoming Bonnie with Clyde in prison and Bonnie concocting a scheme to set him free either by breaking him out or by arranging a pardon. Fortunately for Bonnie, Clyde is released without bloodshed (well, at least not in the conventional manner that is...) and the two are once again reunited and on their way to infamy.
As with ...more
Fiction and Fact; where do the two meet one another? How much of a noveliazation based on real people and real events can be truly believed to be fact?
Usually I go into books like Side by Side, which is about Bonnie and Clyde, knowing that I'm going to be reading a fictionalized version of some real life people. This (generally) allows me to be open minded and allow for the writer to manipulate some dates and character reactions in order for good fiction to come of the novelization. Ho ...more
Popular view tends to paint the picture of Bonnie and Clyde on some kind of fun loving joyride as they commit thei ...more
The author did such a fine job of making the reader sympathetic & empathetic towards Bonnie. I even wanted her to have a happy life; but ...more
The author describes the colorful cast of characters as complex and complicated. During this time of poverty, what lengths will peop ...more
Some day they'll go down together
they'll bury them side by side.
To few it'll be grief,
to the law a relief
but it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.
The story of Bonnie and Clyde is has fascinated people for decades, which really isn't all that surprising. Their story is one of fiction, one that people never dreamed could happen, one that Bonnie Parker never dre ...more
Throughout the book, as Bonnie shares her love for Clyde, and how they dream of a better (crime-free) life together, I so badly wanted to see how their story ended. Can they change their ways? Have a happy ending? Even if you know how their story might end (and even though you realize they committed ...more
Did you read Becoming Bonnie? I highly recommend it. I give that book a bit of an edge over this one because it was happier.
In the first book, we are given a fictionalized background for Bonnie before she met Clyde. It’s only at the end of that book that she’s fallen for Clyde. So, in that story, the storyline is about Bonnie and about them falling in love.
This story is the one with the act ...more