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Empire Falls
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 »
ISBN-13: 9780307275134
ISBN-10: 0307275132
Publication Date: 5/10/2005
Pages: 483
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 86 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
Good book about crazy families and how to live with them without throwing yourself into traffic.
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Helpful Score: 6
Very well told story of a small town. Many well-developed characters.
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Helpful Score: 4
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.
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Helpful Score: 4
Excellent book! The story is easy to follow and very intense in parts.
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Helpful Score: 3
Excellent character study. This was a great read.
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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.
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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.
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I loved this book!