Two brothers' lives are irrevocably altered when their 19-year-old nephew is embroiled in a scandal of his own making
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 idolises Jim, has always taken it in his stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has landed 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.
'Strout's prose propels the story forward with moments of startlingly poetic clarity.' The New Yorker on The Burgess Boys
Paperback edition of the latest novel from the author of "Olive Kitteridge", which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and "Amy & Isabelle", which was shortlisted for the 2000 Orange Prize. 2 brothers' lives are irrevocably altered when their 19 year old nephew is embroiled in a scandal of his own making.