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The Burgess Boys (Paperback, Reprint)

| Random House Trade | 4/8/2014

ISBN-10 : 0812979516   ISBN-13 : 9780812979510   List Price : $17.00

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge returns with an extraordinary novel about two brothers living in Brooklyn whose lives are irrevocably altered when they are called back to rural Maine by their sister, whose nineteen-year-old son is embroiled in a scandal of his own making.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Includes Elizabeth Strout's never-before-published essay about the origins of The Burgess Boys NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - NPR - Good Housekeeping Elizabeth Strout "animates the ordinary with an astonishing force," wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout's "magnificent gift for humanizing characters." Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary literature. 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. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more. "What truly makes Strout exceptional . . . is the perfect balance she achieves between the tides of story and depths of feeling."-Chicago Tribune "Strout's prose propels the story forward with moments of startlingly poetic clarity."-The New Yorker "Elizabeth Strout's first two books, Abide with Me and Amy and Isabelle, were highly thought of, and her third, Olive Kitteridge, won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. But The Burgess Boys, her most recent novel, is her best yet."-The Boston Globe "A portrait of an American community in turmoil that's as ambitious as Philip Roth's American Pastoral but more intimate in tone."-Time "[Strout's] extraordinary narrative gifts are evident again. . . . At times [The Burgess Boys is] almost effortlessly fluid, with superbly rendered dialogue, sudden and unexpected bolts of humor and . . . startling riffs of gripping emotion."-Associated Press "[Strout] is at her masterful best when conjuring the two Burgess boys. . . . Scenes between them ring so true."-San Francisco Chronicle

Das Leben konnte so einfach sein doch die Menschen sind es nicht In einer Kleinstadt in Maine zu leben, mag romantisch klingen, aber die Wirklichkeit sieht meist anders aus. Die Bruder Jim und Bob Burgess sind deswegen so bald wie moglich nach New York gezogen. Als ihre Schwester Susan, die zu Hause geblieben ist, ihre Hilfe braucht, kehren ihre Bruder widerstrebend in die Heimatstadt zuruck. Mit ungeahnter Macht holt sie dort jedoch die Vergangenheit wieder ein Eine aufwuhlende Familiengeschichte, vollkommen unsentimental und dabei tief beruhrend eine echte Strout eben. Shirley Falls ist eine typische Kleinstadt in Maine: hohe Arbeitslosigkeit, viele Alte, wenige Junge, wirtschaftlicher Niedergang, in neuester Zeit auch noch Aufnahmeort fur muslimische Fluchtlinge aus Somalia. Als einzige der drei Burgess-Geschwister ist Susan hiergeblieben, ihr Mann hat sie schon lang verlassen, der 19-jahrige Sohn Zachary wohnt bei ihr in dem eiskalten, ungemutlichen Hauschen. Als der verschlossene, einsame Junge eines Tages einen halb aufgetauten Schweinekopf in die behelfsmaßige Moschee rollen lasst, ist die kleine Gemeinde erschuttert. Ein rassistisches Verbrechen? Auf jeden Fall ein Skandal, mit dem Susan allein nicht fertig wird. Und so bittet sie ihre Bruder Jim und Bob um Hilfe, die als Anwalte in New York arbeiten. Unterschiedlicher konnten diese beiden Bruder nicht sein: Jim, der reiche Karriere-Jurist, lebt mit seiner Frau Helen in einem schonen großen Haus. Bob hingegen war noch nie besonders erfolgreich, ist geschieden, und seine beste Freundin ist immer noch die Exfrau. Nichts zieht die Bruder mehr nach Shirley Falls zuruck. Aber naturlich folgen sie dem Hilferuf der Schwester, nicht ahnend, dass ihre Ruckkehr nach Maine ihr bisheriges Leben vollkommen umkrempeln wird ...

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0812979516
  • ISBN-13: 9780812979510
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 332
  • Dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.91 (h) x 0.91 (d)