Kate Saunders

Maine Men

The Burgess Boys

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Elizabeth Strout, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her 2008 novel Olive Kitteridge, has an extraordinary talent for homing in on the dropped stitch in the family fabric, and family is what The Burgess Boys is really about. There are unnecessary diversions, but she always comes back to a family’s idea of itself, and the essential frailty of the things it holds up as certainties. 

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