Empire Falls|Richard Russo
Empire Falls
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"This is the story of one man's small-town life and how his decisions and relationships affect his future and his happiness. It explores socio-economics, regret, and adaptation. The movie based on the book was filmed in my hometown and in a neighboring town in Maine. I enjoyed the descriptions of the local scenes, the familiar dialect and the typically Maine attitude toward life."
Pat Godin, Hallmark Specialist

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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.


  • ISBN-13: 9780375726408
  • ISBN-10: 0375726403
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: April 2002
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
  • Page Count: 496