“Strout’s prose propels the story forward with moments of startlingly poetic clarity.”
The New Yorker


The Burgess Boys

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were young, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. 

But when their sister Susan urgently calls them home, the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood. Long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationships 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, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art.

[T]he broad social and political range of The Burgess Boys shows just how impressively this extraordinary writer continues to develop.
The Washington Post

Now available in paperback.

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Edited Collections

The Best American Short Stories 2013

Edited by the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Elizabeth Strout, this year’s collection boasts a satisfying “chorus of twenty stories that are by turns playful, ironic, somber, and meditative” (Wall Street Journal). With the masterly Strout picking the best of the best, America’s oldest and best-selling story anthology offers the traditional pleasures of storytelling in voices that are thoroughly contemporary.

Edited and with an introduction by Elizabeth Strout 

The Stories of Frederick Busch

A contemporary of Ann Beattie and Tobias Wolff, Frederick Busch was a master craftsman of the form; his subjects were single-event moments in so-called ordinary life. The stories in this volume, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, are tales of families trying to heal their wounds, save their marriages, and rescue their children.

Edited and with an introduction by Elizabeth Strout

Photo © Leonard-Cendamo.

Photo © Leonard-Cendamo.

We want to know, I think, what it is like to be another person, because somehow this helps us position our own self in the world. What are we without this curiosity?
— Elizabeth Strout