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The Burgess Boys



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Author
Strout, Elizabeth
Descriptors
Attorneys
Brothers
Brothers and Sisters
Families
Family History
Family Relationships
Literate Fiction
Repressed Memories
Secrets
Location/Setting:
Maine
New York (City)
Time Period:
2000s
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Summary
Attorneys, Bob, and his more successful brother Jim Burgess, long-ago fled their childhood home in Maine and relocated to Manhattan. Only Susan, Bob's twin, has remained in Shirley Falls, struggling as a single mom whose teenage son Zach has just been charged with a hate crime against the community's latest members, a population of Muslim Somali refugees. Jim refuses to cut his tropical vacation short and so sends the well-meaning but bumbling Bob home to help instead. Old tensions quickly resurface among the siblings, who have all struggled bonding as a family since the accidental death of their father when they were just children.
Critique
Strout's characters come to life and are unapologetically themselves (warts and all). This fine novel about families, brothers, guilt and secrets is filled with eloquent writing and is definitely worth a leisurely paced read.
ISBN
9781400067688
  iBistro
# of Pages
320
Published
2013
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Reviewer's Initials: CO DZ DZ


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