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The Burgess Boys (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
     

The Burgess Boys (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Elizabeth Strout
 

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Struggling with the long-term fallout of the accident that killed their father when they were boys, two brothers are catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank and discover heartbreaking deceptions and losses that inform both their personal and professional lives. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge.

Overview

Struggling with the long-term fallout of the accident that killed their father when they were boys, two brothers are catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank and discover heartbreaking deceptions and losses that inform both their personal and professional lives. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606355971
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

With her bestselling debut novel Amy and Isabelle shortlisted for the 2000 Orange Prize, Elizabeth Strout was well on her way to making a name for herself. The book was subsequently turned into a made-for-TV movie. Her third book, Olive Kitteridge, a collection of linked stories, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. Her newest novel My Name Is Lucy Barton made the Longlist for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Strout practiced law for six years before becoming a full-time writer.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
January 6, 1956
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
Education:
B.A., Bates College, 1977; J.D., Syracuse College of Law, 1982
Website:
http://www.elizabethstrout.com

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The Burgess Boys: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually leave recommendations, but I decided this book needed to be talked about. I read Olive Ketteridge previously and knew this would also be a wonderful book. I love a good story with strong characters and this has both. There are no wild twists or torns, no sex, and no intrigue - just good story telling with a message. If you hunger for a good story, this is it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as I saw that Elizabeth Stroud had a new book coming out I pre-ordered The Burgess Boys! I was hooked on the author after reading Olive Kitteridge which I loved. This book is ultimately a story of a family's entertwined lives and how each member fits into the family dynamic while dealing with a crisis. I enjoy reading Ms. Stroud's style of writing, it keeps me turning the pages. Some may find the interaction between the family members uncomfortable to read at times but it is true to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a dreary read. ...a dysfunctional family story-and mostly unlikable characters. Olive Kitteridge was a favorite! too bad this one didn't measure up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somewhat interesting family dynamics but moved too slowly and was at times boring. Story line seemed interesting but fell flat of my xpectations.
AlexandriaNY More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Strout - The Burgess Boys As in her Pulitzer winning novel Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys is populated by flawed characters living in an imperfect world where grace comes from unexpected sources.  One should not assume that her writing is in anyway formulaic however as both books are exceptionally well written and reveal insights that have this reader at least questioning past, present, and future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After having read and loved Olive Kitteridge, I was anxious to read the next novel from Elizabeth Strout. I was not disappointed. This novel examines the emotional baggage many of us bring to adulthood and how it often taints every relationship we have. Jim and Bob Burgess are brothers with a painful past, and while Susan is Bob's twin, the two are not very close. Jim and Bob could also not be more different and Jim's demeaning hostility toward his brother is often painful to read. Susan's son, Zach, commits an act that turns the family upside down and the siblings must work together to protect Zach from the ensuing legal and political ramifications. Taking place in both New York and Maine, Strout deals empathetically with the issue of immigrants/refugees and their struggles to assimilate into a culture so radically different from their own. This is a timely, complex story about family, parenting, siblings, childhood, and American society. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it, Also love Too Crazy To Live Too Beautiful To Die def recommend great read
camilledimaio More than 1 year ago
In musical theater, it is widely known that an actor will have a particular strength towards acting, singing, or dancing. The “Triple Threat“, or one who is exceptional on all of those, is a rare find. I have always thought that authors fall in to similar characters. There are those who excel at character development, those who incite nail-biting with their strong plots, and those who create an amazing sense of place or time. Personally, I am most captivated by a good plot, and perhaps my fingernails are proof. I can make great assumptions about a character and forgive stereotypes, and a setting with endless descriptions can make me snooze. A recent exception for me, however, was “The Burgess Boys”, by Elizabeth Strout. Set in small-town Maine, “The Burgess Boys” follows a family’s struggle as a teenaged nephew pulls a prank that engenders racial tensions and protests across the nation. One uncle, a high-profile lawyer arranges for his defense, while trying to hold on to his marriage. The other uncle, a Legal Aid attorney quietly keeps the boy’s mother from falling apart, while wrestling with a divorce that still unsettles him years later. The plot is strong, although not a page-turner, but it is the characters that pop off of the page and grab on to you. Nothing is glossy, and nothing is far-fetched. There are real hurts, joys, challenges and sacrifices. Elizabeth Strout writes as if she has pulled back the curtain on a gut-wrenching drama and is letting you take a peek. However, she wisely refrains from doing anything that is over-the-top. “The Burgess Boys” was a departure for me, but one which I am thankful I took.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her writing is masterful, with compelling characters who somehow manage tounveil their true selves in mid-life Love her writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this wonderful book for a book club discussion. There are so many interesting characters and story lines that our discussion took many paths. I would definitely read other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an interesting story of an imperfect family as they find themselves dealing with a criminal act of the nephew. As the family history unravels, it is clear that the characters have all contributed to make the family very dysfunctional. However, in the end, the more successful brother, not suprisingly, was less able to cope with his failings than his other siblings who had lived most of their lives feeling inferior. I really liked the book, but felt the ending was a bit abrupt. It did make me continue to wonder how the characters would proceed in life. So sometimes an unknown ending is what makes us ponder about the characters longer.
Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Elizabeth Strout. I didn't want to put it down! Iwas very tired at work for a few days staying up to late reading it. I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading "Olive Kitteridge I couldn't wait to read Strout's new book and was very disappointed. As each new event happened and each new character was introduced, I knew exactly what would happen. I really do not like a story where everything gets as bad as it can then in the last paragraph, all turns out right. I would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very depressing. I was disappointed. It's not what I thougfht it would be.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I enjoyed this book. I read it in digital format. Does anyone know if this paperback includes Author's Notes and Questions for discussion? Thanks!
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Wow oh Wow makes you think about your family in a good way, made my heart happy
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Beautiful and insightful.
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daffinito More than 1 year ago
This is the second Elizabeth Strout book I've read. After reading both, I came away with the same conclusions. I was impressed by Ms. Strout's ability to build strong characters with great depth. BUT, in both books, I found myself pushing through to force myself to finish because of the weak story line.