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Miles does indeed have a tendency to take it on the chin. (At one point he alludes to his own "natural propensity for shit-eating.") And his role as Mr. Nice Guy thrusts him into all sorts of clashes with his not-so-nice contemporaries, even as the reader patiently waits for him to blow his top. It would be impossible to summarize Russo's multiple plot lines here. Suffice it to say that he touches on love and marriage, lust and loss and small-town economics, with more than a soupçon of class resentment stirred into the broth. This is, in a sense, an epic of small and large frustrations: "After all, what was the whole wide world but a place for people to yearn for their heart's impossible desires, for those desires to become entrenched in defiance of logic, plausibility, and even the passage of time, as eternal as polished marble." Yet Russo's comedic timing keeps the novel from collapsing into an orgy of breast-beating, and his dialogue alone--snappy and natural and efficiently poignant--is sufficient cause to put Empire Falls on the map. --Bob Brandeis --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book will stay with you long after you've finished reading it.
I definitely found the characters interesting, but the plot didn't come across as entirely believable at times, and was definitely a bit predictable at points.
Russo is very good at writing humorous but realistic stories within the plot.
Having come from a small mill town, I can relate to some of the characters in this book. It was a story with some surprises, and I enjoyed reading it.Published 13 days ago by P. Petralia
I loved this book. Russo has a way of describing the tedium of small town America with wry humour tinged with sadness. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Incredible character development, description of life in a small town, and their dependency on a specific business for their survival. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Cardio Queen
I had absolutely zero expectations for this book going in. All I knew was that it was recommended by someone I really trust when it comes to literature so I willingly and eagerly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by adidab14
A remarkable portraiture of the characters. We get to know these people on a level not often found in novels. Quality writing throughout. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gordon McAuley
Richard Russo is a wonderful author whose characters come alive dealing with conflicts existential and mundane in well-defined settings that are really characters in their own... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Rex