Pig’s head was enough, but the plot points keep coming

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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 12:00 am

“The Burgess Boys” has the ring of a story about outlaws in the Old West. But it’s about lawyers from small-town Maine.

This new novel by Elizabeth Strout, the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for “Olive Kitteridge,” features two Burgess brothers, as well as a Burgess girl. Strout, whose first books were “Amy and Isabelle” and “Abide With Me,” writes most comfortably about women, but this book is mostly about the midlife crises of men.

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