I guess I’m late in seeing this, given that the article is dated October 2012, but I’m nevertheless happy to read that Elizabeth Strout will be releasing a new novel in March–her first book since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for her 2008 story collection Olive Kitteridge, among one of my favorite short story collections.
It’s called The Burgess Boys, and the Times reports: “In a news release the publisher said that Ms. Strout’s novel would focus on two brothers in Brooklyn who are called back to Maine by their sister because of a family scandal.”
Having read all Strout’s published books, I cannot wait to buy this novel and read it–particularly because its release just may end up matching neatly with my spring break and the end of my MA exams.
On her previous work: I’d give Olive a 10/10 for characterization, style, and plot, and while I think that her novel Abide With Me was not quite such a masterpiece (8/10), I personally liked it better. There was something about the glacially slow pace that brought me in because you could feel the slow boil building toward a catastrophe. Amy and Isabelle, her first novel, is my least favorite, though I still liked it and would give it a 6/10. I admit I read it last, however, and found it more interesting to try to trace the arc of Strout’s craft from first novel to Pulitzer Prize.