Book #36: The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout is a beautifully written novel about the Burgess family. Bob has lived in the shadow of his older brother, Jim, his entire life. They both became lawyers and both escaped the small town in Maine where they grew up for New York City. But one day their sister Susan calls them back home to help get her son Zachary out of trouble. This crisis brings the siblings face-to-face with their true selves they’ve been running from all these years. Wonderfully written, Strout delves into how regret affects us, where home is truly found, and how people are capable of change. Her characters are incredibly complex and lifelike, and by the end of the novel you empathize with their struggles. I look forward to reading another novel by Strout I picked up at the library.

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