The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout – Book Review

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The Burgess Boys is the story of a dysfunctional family of two brothers and a sister. Bob the younger brother and his twin sister Susan has always lived under the shadow of their big brother Jim and they have always loved Jim as a father figure. Jim happens to be one of the America’s top successful lawyers.Bob is burdened by the guilt of causing the accidental death of their father when he was just 4 years. And that guilt has always torn Bob apart that and the comforting presence of Jim has taken him through the troubled childhood and even adulthood.

Susan lives a miserable life with her teenage son Zach and things go wrong when Zach commits a crime which could see him end up in jail for years. Bob and Jim gets together to help Susan and Zach and the story of the Burgess family takes off from there.

My Thoughts

It took me a long time to understand the head and tail of the story that I was very much tempted to abandon this one. But then the Pulitzer Prize winning author tag made me hold onto this book for some more time.

I loved the character of Bob who is the central character of the story. He is simple, lovable though always haunted by the demons born on the day his father died. The knowledge that the whole world including his family blames him for their father’s demise does not make his life at all easier.

Jim turns out to be an arrogant and insensitive person who is more or less very much self centered. And his character is clearer when he reveals that great secret from his childhood to his brother. He fails to realize that the single secret which did not make any difference in his life mattered everything much to his brother. That is the Burgess brothers for you…

Overall I liked the book though I should say that I did have higher expectations about this book. It is a story of family bonds, secrets and how certain seconds in your life dictates the rest of a person’s life…ie the impact of life changing moments.

Verdict: An OK read about family bonds, family secrets and the unbreakable bond between siblings….

Rating: 3.5/5
Publisher:  Random House
First Release: Jan 2013

 PS: This is a review copy I received from the publisher through netgalley in return for my honest opinion.

This post is a part of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge – July 2013 during which I strive to post at least once a day.

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