The Burgess Boys...A Review
I completely forget who recommended this book. Which is probably good because, meh. And while it was a quick, easy read, I wouldn't say it was a favorite of mine. It was honestly quite depressing, albeit a good story. I think the characters were for the most part un-relatable, like exaggerations of real life people.
It also felt like it was missing something. It was vaguely about a historically white town in Maine having a growing Somali population. But even that was a subplot to the larger story of these three siblings, their old baggage, and their new lives. And I found the subplots much more interesting and wanted more of that.
Overall, it was OK. I wouldn't rush to the library for this. But it was a vacation read that took me five hours, so I'm not going to whine about time wasted.
Who is this book for?
People from Maine: Everyone I've ever met from Maine is a little obsessed with it. This book doesn't paint it in the very best light, but it is still about Maine. So, yes?
People who have opinions on refugees in America: Sure.
People with siblings: Yes. I personally couldn't empathize with these sibling relationships, but it was still interesting to read in light of having siblings.
Would she never have that yearning and high-pitched excitement again? Did age and experience just mute you?
To fall so precipitously from this happiness almost gave him vertigo; it affected him physically.
She thought she captured the surreptitious place given from one jowly man to a thick-waisted woman who returned to him a steady private gaze, and she found it thrilling that no matter what people looked like they still had a desire to undress and cling to each other—the pull of biology that had long out-worn its use, for these women were past the time of childbearing.
"So he demands attention and then keeps people out when he gets it, because wanting attention has nothing to do with relating to people, which is kind of what most human beings like to do."