Empire Falls Author:Richard Russo 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 need... more »s 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.« less
This book describes life in the small town of Empire Falls, Maine through the lives of its inhabitants as they struggle to survive - both economically and psychologically - in a town that has seen better days. The book won the Pulitzer Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the year.
Every book seems to have a start-up phase where it take some amount of pages before I can really get into it. I almost quit this book because at page 100 or so I was still not that interested in the story line and wondered where it was going. Well I am so thankful that I did not shelve the book at that point because it picked up and the rest of it really was a pleasure. So while I loved most of it, I rate it only three stars because it has a slow start. This author writes amazingly well; I appreciate how he writes this story (and others I've read- Straight Man is good too) using the various perspectives of the characters so you get not just one viewpoint but a compilation of them.
This was a most enjoyable book. I found as I read more, I couldn't wait to pick it up again to finish it. I especially liked the relevance to Maine areas, where I've been. I would definitely recommend this book.