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April 3, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout comes from a family established in Maine for eight generations. When she left Maine for Brooklyn, she says, it was seen as a betrayal. The characters in her new novel make that same journey.
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April 1, 2013 Elizabeth Strout is best known for her short story collection Olive Kitteridge, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009. Her new book is a novel, and critic Maureen Corrigan says it's a different type of winner.
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March 29, 2013 Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for her last novel, Olive Kitteridge. Her follow-up, The Burgess Boys, is a sure-handed meditation on a family fractured by tragedy. Reviewer Lizzie Skurnick says Skurnick's "deft touch" comes through in the subtle betrayals of her characters.
March 21, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Elizabeth Strout's new novel, The Burgess Boys. It's the story of a fractured family dealing with a crime committed by the youngest son — a crime he himself doesn't understand. It's a somber look at the ways families can disappoint each other.
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May 4, 2011 The mother-daughter relationship — fraught and frustrating though it may be — ultimately boils down to love. As Mother's Day approaches, author Rae Meadows suggests three books that explore the unbreakable bond between women — and the women they raise.
December 8, 2008 The title character of Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge is a confused and vindictive wife and mother in a small town on the coast of Maine. She's not at all likable — but that doesn't mean Melissa Bank doesn't love her.
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