Elizabeth Strout's "The Burgess Boys" takes top position again on NPR's Bestsellers' list for the first week since its release.
Elizabeth Strout's "The Burgess Boys" has taken poll position on NPR's Bestsellers' list. Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life" went down to second spot and "The Hit" by David Baldacci claimed third position.
"The Burgess Boys" shares milestones with Strout's previous book — people have affairs and get divorced and get together and miss their children — but the events feel heavier here, perhaps because they involve a trial and questions about prejudice. And the characters seem ill-equipped to deal with these events. If "Olive Kitteridge" was about human fortitude in the face of heartbreak, "The Burgess Boys" is about the main characters' inability to cope with their lives and one another's.