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The Burgess Boys Paperback – 1 April 2014

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'Strout's prose propels the story forward with moments of startlingly poetic clarity.', The New Yorker on The Burgess Boys

‘As perfect a novel as you will ever read . . . So astonishingly good that I shall be reading it once a year for the foreseeable future and very probably for the rest of my life’, Evening Standard on Olive Kitteridge

‘Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force’, The New Yorker on Olive Kitteridge

‘Masterfully wrought’, Vanity Fair on Olive Kitteridge

‘Strout has a wonderful ability to turn a phrase…[these] pages hold what life puts in: experience, joy, grief, and the sometimes-painful journey to love’, Observer on Olive Kitteridge

'I am deeply impressed. Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue. I have never read her before and I knew within a few sentences that here was an artist to value and respect' -- Hillary Mantel on My Name is Lucy Barton

'Strout's best novel yet' -- Ann Pachett on My Name is Lucy Barton

'An exquisite novel... in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to - 'I was so happy. Oh, I was happy' - simple joy', Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review on My Name is Lucy Barton

'So good I got goosebumps... a masterly novel of family ties by one of America's finest writers', Sunday Times on My Name is Lucy Barton

'My Name is Lucy Barton confirms Strout as a powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships... Deeply affecting novel...visceral and heartbreaking...If she hadn't already won the Pulitzer for Olive Kitteridge this new novel would surely be a contender', Observer on My Name is Lucy Barton

About the Author

Elizabeth Strout's tenure as a lawyer (six months) was slightly longer than her career as a stand-up comedian (one night). She has also worked as a bartender, waitress and piano player at bars across the USA. She now teaches literature in New York, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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