Elizabeth Strout: "The Burgess Boys: A Novel"

Main Street, Port Hope, Maine. - Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user Kiril Strax

Main Street, Port Hope, Maine.

Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user Kiril Strax

Elizabeth Strout: "The Burgess Boys: A Novel"

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout talks about her new novel, "The Burgess Boys." It centers on three adult siblings haunted by a childhood tragedy and facing a crisis involving Somali refugees in their small Maine hometown.

Elizabeth Strout's novel in stories, “Olive Kitteridge,” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009. Her new novel took more than seven years to research and write. “The Burgess Boys” centers on three middle-aged siblings haunted by their father’s accidental death. The guilt of one brother has defined his life, as well as that of his sister, brother, their spouses and children. The brothers fled small town Maine for New York City. But when their sister calls them home, buried family tensions erupt. Her teenaged son is involved in an incident that threatens the peace between the newly arrived Somali community and the locals.

Guests

Elizabeth Strout

author of “Amy and Isabelle,” “Abide With Me” and “Olive Kitteridge,” which received the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

Read An Excerpt

Excerpt from "The Burgess Boys" by Elizabeth Strout. Copyright 2013 by Elizabeth Strout. Reprinted here by permission of Random House. All rights reserved.

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