With Empire Falls Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of America’s most compelling and compassionate storytellers. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could... show more
With Empire Falls Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of America’s most compelling and compassionate storytellers. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it’s Janine, Miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town–and seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace.
Publish date: April 12th 2002
Pages no: 483
Edition language: English
Posted as part of the United States of Books blogging project -- check out my blog for a longer, more rambly and personal version of this post It is just daunting to try to talk about this book -- especially in something that'd make a decent-length blog post and not a full-fledged dissertation. E...
When it comes to story and characters, Empire Falls is a fine read. The setting and the language are good. I was certainly enveloped in the town of Empire Falls and the characters it was peopled with. Also, I liked the narrative as it rotated through the various perspectives. What I did not like abo...
This started with a slog of a prologue (done completely in hard-to-read italics) setting up the cliche of the EVIL rich person running and ruining a small town--Empire Falls, Maine. Past that though the novel was mostly focused and seen through the point of view of the sympathetic, though passive,...
I grew up in a small town where I knew the majority of its residents or if not the faces were familiar. I was known mostly by association and not my name. A granddaughter of a lifelong member and still current resident (at 94 years old) of the same small town. Suffice it to say, because of this, I w...
loved it! full of heart and compassion for the human spirit. a new addition to one of my most favorite books.