The Burgess Boys

Wilton Library Association: Author Talk: Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys

April 10, 2014: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout visited Wilton Library to discuss her popular book, The Burgess Boys. A New York Times bestseller and named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR and Good Housekeeping, The Burgess Boys is a captivating story of two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Olive Kitteridge, a novel in stories, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a New York Times Bestseller. Elizabeth Strout's earlier novels are Abide With Me, a national bestseller, and Amy and Isabelle, also a New York Times Bestseller. Strout has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London. Ms. Strout was interviewed by book discussion leader Susan Boyar.

Wilton Bulletin: Elizabeth Strout has ‘always stared at strangers’

A number of my characters I have visually been able to take back to my work table from the subway. It’s not that they were doing anything, but something in their physicality made me say ‘there she is.’

— Elizabeth Strout

"Elizabeth Strout has ‘always stared at strangers’"
Christopher Burns
Wilton Bulletin
March 31, 2014

Press Herald: Novelist Elizabeth Strout follows her way

Whatever is exposed, I don’t feel bad about that because I know was writing about it from love. Not that you have to, but I am just saying, that is how I work.

— Elizabeth Strout

"Novelist Elizabeth Strout follows her way"
Mary Pols
Portland Press Herald
March 30, 2014

The Burgess Boys Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize 2014

Elizabeth's The Burgess Boys has been longlisted for the UK's Bailey's Women's Prize 2014 (formerly the Orange Prize). 

Helen Fraser, Chair of Judges, says: “This is a fantastic selection of books of the highest quality – intensely readable, gripping, intelligent and surprising – that you would want to press on your friends, and the judges have been doing just that.”

The judges must now whittle these 20 books to six, before choosing an overall winner to be announced on 4th June 2014.

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Announce the 2014 Longlist
Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction News blog
March 7, 2014

il Fatto Quotidiano: Elizabeth Strout: “Disegnate i protagonisti dovete poterli vedere”

For Italian readers, an interview with Elizabeth in il Fatto Quotidiano:

Elizabeth Strout ha il dono di trasformare donne normali, donne qualsiasi, in personaggi eccezionali. In Olive Kitteridge la protagonista è un’insegnante di provincia. In Amy e Isabelle, Isabelle è una segretaria qualunque e Amy un’adolescente piena di paure come tante. In Resta con me, Tyler è un reverendo di un piccolo paese del Maine e Connie una domestica. Anche I ragazzi Burgess è la storia di gente comune, Susan e Helen sono madri che hanno vissuto per i figli e basta, Bob e Jim due fratelli in competizione come migliaia di altri. Eppure è proprio da questo nucleo di normalità che la Strout tira fuori grandi storie e figure potenti, indimenticabili.

Elizabeth Strout: 'Disegnate i protagonisti dovete poterli vedere'
Caterina Bonvicini
il Fatto Quotidiano
December 9, 2013