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.
Miles Roby lives his miserable life beneath a mountain of failure and secrets. The only thing keeping him tethered to this world is his teenage daughter. There are many twists and turns throughout Richard Russo’s excellent story. These twists and turns lead our protagonist on a wild goose chase of discovery. Watch for the sudden slap-in-the-face attention grabber. Well written and well plotted. This is one that still sits on my shelf—or rather in a box that hold many of my all-time favs.
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