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.
The story revolves around two brothers from New York who urgently return to their home town in Maine to help their nephew with troubles he is embroiled in. Going home to the landscape of their childhood, churns up long-buried tensions surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were young. Frictions surface as they face the shadows of their relationship, but working through it will change them forever in unexpected ways.