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 idolises Jim, has always taken it in his stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has got 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.
About the Author
Elizabeth Strout's tenure as a lawyer (six months) was slightly longer than her career as a stand-up comedian (one night). She has also worked as a bartender, waitress and piano player at bars across the USA. She now teaches literature in New York, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
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Comments about The Burgess Boys:
I enjoyed this work by Elizabeth Strout.
The lives of ordinary people and the complexity of sibling relationships is thoughtfully explored.
The understandings of migrant and refugee people in this small town of America is sensitively handles and often proves insightful.
The poverty of some decisions and the consequences is somewhat breathtaking at times.
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 2.1 x 12.8 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.22