Sue’s April Recommendation

Burgess BoysThe Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

“The Burgess Boys by Pulitzer prize-winning Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteredge) is a complex, but fast moving story about two brothers and a sister with an early tragedy that shapes their lives and their relationships with one another.  They are drawn together some 40 years later when the sister’s 17 year old son throws a pig’s head into a mosque of recently arrived Somali refugees to a very white Maine community.  Strout is a good storyteller and this would be a great book discussion title.  The siblings are not always likeable, but they feel very real.  Strout uses some interesting secondary characters to enhance their dysfunctional relationship, their weaknesses, their intelligence and ultimately, their goodness.”

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