June Discussion - "The Burgess Boys" by Elizabeth Strout

For June, we will be discussing The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. Strout's last novel, Olive Kitteridge won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and some critics are calling The Burgess Boys even better. The book was also included on Entertainment Weekly's Must List at the end of March.

According to the Amazon editorial description, "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."

Links to the book on Amazon: Kindle | Hardcover | Audiobook

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed the discussion. Sorry I'm going to miss next months, but you guys have fun.

    June 22, 2013

  • Megan

    It was great to meet everyone! Looking forward to July.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the great discussion! Looking forward to the July meetup.

    June 22, 2013

  • Alex

    I am still going to try and pop by bit I have a little work to catch up on.

    Sorry!!

    June 22, 2013

  • Megan

    I just picked up the book today- I'm a fast reader- lets hope I like it! I plan on being there Saturday.

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Looking forward to meeting you!

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Turns out I had time wrong for my other event, so I will make it. We'll have at least one defender of the Burgess Boys

    June 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great!

      June 22, 2013

  • Judy S.

    My ankle tendon reattachment surgery has benched me. I look forward to next month! Have fun!

    June 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh no! Hope recovery goes swiftly!

      June 22, 2013

  • Judy S.

    I liked one line in the book
    "You have a family, a wife who hates you, kids furious with you, a brother and sister who are insane... that's family". So true.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Man, I am struggling through this book! I haven't found one character I like or even find all that interesting. This might be the first book for this book club that I don't end up finishing...

    June 20, 2013

    • Judy S.

      You hit the nail on the head. Female characters were weak, whiny, unstable etc

      June 21, 2013

  • Carol

    I thought it got better at the end. Probably wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't for the group. Surprising after "Olive Kitteridge."

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So you're telling me to continue the slog to the end? :)

      June 20, 2013

    • Carol

      Probably depends on how far you are. I'm glad I finished it, but if you're like me there are always other books calling! :-)

      June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, I unfortunately have a conflict on Saturday and won't be able to make it. I actually like the book, so I'm sorry I'm going to miss it.

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was never able to get this book from the library. Maybe next time :(

    June 17, 2013

    • Judy S.

      Hi Eileen, if you don't mind reading large print, those Hold lists are always short or nonexistent.

      1 · June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the suggestion!

      June 20, 2013

  • Alex

    Love your honesty! I havent been able to start but I would still love to see everyone and get on track for the next book

    June 20, 2013

  • Alex

    If I am in town I will be there.

    1 · June 16, 2013

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