This is another great tale from Elizabeth Strout. Family problems bring the force of the family together to help the Burgess boys’ sister whose only son, a socially sidelined child, commits the crime of throwing a pig’s head into the entrance of a mosque. The fearless and highly successful lawyer Jim, also the eldest child of the family takes control while the large hearted and generous natured Bob supports him and Susan, his sister in his own quiet and comforting manner. Susan struggles with her own life and the difficulty of dealing as a single parent with her son. The pressure of the case and of living closely after many years of separated adult lives leads to the airing of family grievances and issues. Cracks appear, history is revealed and the truth becomes unbelievable.
Well worth reading.