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Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout’s “magnificent gift for humanizing characters.” Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary literature.
Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.
With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art.
Praise for Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge
“Perceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout’s unforgettable novel in stories.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You’ll never forget her. . . . [Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff.”—USA Today
“Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she’s not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Deeply human . . . Though loneliness and loss haunt these pages, Strout also supplies gentle humor and a nourishing dose of hope.”—Booklist (starred review)
Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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The Burgess Boys
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4.1 / 5
Loving and understaanding
December 7th, 2015
I enjoyed the fact that a family really does not understand the way or reasons of our siblings behavior until we actually start caring enough to find out
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A movie plot
January 17th, 2015
A character driven story told with wit and Wisd0m....a family drama inclusive of all the Frailties an largess close relatives are able to Endow their feelings toward eachother
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A cozy, not always comfortable read.
January 20th, 2014
Elizabeth Strout has an amazing ability to allow you to identify with this chaotic but very familiar family. I loved all the characters; didn't like them all the time but loved them , as family does .
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April 29th, 2013
A great read with a startling ending !
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April 21st, 2013
Thank you Elizabeth for such a great read. I had goosebumps & a lump in my throat when I finished. Now I am about to order all of your other writings. So much deep understanding of the human psyche.
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