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Please join us for a discussion and signing with Pulitzer-Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout for the release of Burgess Boys, as a part of our Salon@615 series. She will be appearing in conversation with her Random House editor Susan Kamil.
This is a ticketed event and you can reserve your tickets online by visiting www.Salonat615.org two weeks prior to the event.
When Strout set out to write her follow-up to Olive Kitteridge, she revisited an old manuscript in which a fatherless family named Burgess were minor characters. Using an actual case in Maine as a model for one of the character’s legal troubles, her own time as both a Maine and New York local, and her expertise as a former lawyer, Strout brought these deeply human protagonists into the present day and made their story the crux of The Burgess Boys. Strout has woven themes of race, immigration, and class into a gripping tale of family loss and the destructive power of secrets. Early readers in-house and beyond have expressed their belief that with this novel—set on a larger canvas and with a more ambitious scope—Strout has produced a novel that surpasses her other work.
In The Burgess Boys, Jim Burgess is a sleek, successful corporate lawyer who lives a few blocks away in Brooklyn from his brother Bob Burgess, a divorced Legal Aid attorney living alone in a sparsely furnished apartment. The brothers’ lives are irrevocably altered when their sister, Susan, calls with news of a thoughtless prank committed by her teenage son Zach, which is fast-evolving into a scandal. Responding to her plea for help, the brothers arrive in their hometown of Shirley Falls, Maine, where long-buried tensions which have informed their personal and professional lives begin to surface and layers of family history are peeled away to reveal heartbreaking secrets that will forever change them.
The San Francisco Chronicle said Strout’s debut Amy and Isabelle “plunges deep into your psyche, leaving you breathless” and USA Today said of Olive Kitteridge, Strout “constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion.”
Salon@615 presents bestselling authors free to the public through a unique partnership between Nashville Public Library, Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books and the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Together, we nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting author talks and book signings to our community.
Since its inception in early 2011, Salon@615 has become a regular and vital author reading series on Nashville’s cultural calendar.
Event will take place at Harpeth Hall's Frances Bond Davis Theater.
NOTE: This event begins at 7:00, doors open at 6:30.