The Burgess Boys: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Elizabeth Strout
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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 listeners long after the ausiobook is over. 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.
Read it instead. This is a very good book with a terrible narrator!
4+ hours into this book I called it quits. Nothing was happening, at all. I listen to 2-3 books a month and on only one other occasion have I stopped listening before the end. I thought it had great potential. Sibling rivalry, a child who commits a terrible crime. Maybe all the action is at the end but after 4+ hrs I could no longer take it. One shouldn't start thinking about other things when you are 4+ hours into a book. ALSO, $26.95??? really. Try "Cutting For Stone" instead.
This will entwine you!
Sibling rivalries. Manhattan vs Maine. The city vs Brooklyn. A single mom with a an odd friendless teenager. Muslim vs Christian cultures. Marital revelations. All strangely familiar topics to anyone 40 or older are woven together by a beautiful writer -- Elizabeth Strout. I loved it.