Unfortunate Son

What happens when a hate crime becomes a family affair?

Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME

The Burgess Boys

In her new novel, The Burgess Boys , Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout returns to fictional Shirley Falls, the rundown Maine mill town that provided the setting for her first novel, 1998's Amy and Isabelle. But the human landscape is radically altered. In the undetermined past of Amy and Isabelle, the townsfolk worked at the mill, shopped at the A&P; and regarded anyone from Massachusetts as an invader. Now, in a more recent past, Shirley Falls has become host to an influx of refugees from Somalia; there are "Somali women showing up almost daily at City Hall, unable to speak English, unable...

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