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The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout
The Burgess Boys
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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... show more
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   NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post Book World • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • Seattle Post-Intelligencer • People • Entertainment Weekly • The Christian Science Monitor • The Plain Dealer • The Atlantic • Rocky Mountain News • Library Journal
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400067688 (1400067685)
ASIN: 1400067685
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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aka Grasshopper
aka Grasshopper rated it
3.0 That Pain From Maine
I've never been to Maine. What I knew about it was shaped by a Doris Day movie from the 1950's about a plucky widow whose lobster business is almost ruined by a greedy railroad Titan, and by watching the Bush Presidents cavorting with their kinfolk in Kennebunkport. So until I started reading novels...
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
3.0 The Burgess Boys
not as good as Olive Kitteridge, sadly.
Sterek
Sterek rated it
So about halfway through this book, I posted that I liked it, I just didn’t know why, because nothing had happened..Honestly, at that point, I was thinking: Ok, granted, it’s weird that I’m halfway through, and nothing exciting or dramatic or just something had happened yet, but ok, there were still...
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it
0.0 The Burgess Boys
Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys occurs in Maine and post-9/11 New York City. Covering such a wide variety of topics like the Islamic faith, hate crimes, adultery, divorce, empty nest syndrome, and the messiness of being an adult, the story follows Jim, Bob and Susan Burgess as they come together...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
1.0
After loving Olive Kitteridge I was looking forward to reading this one. The prologe intrigued me, but then the story completely lost my interest. All the characters annoyed me, and I finally gave up halfway through. I tried to skim the rest, but it was so boring I couldn't even care how it turne...
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