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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.
I have a slight obsession with diners. There is something about old-fashioned diners with a line of bar stools, the smell of hamburger grease in the air, and a constant stream of... Read morePublished 6 days ago by J. d'Artagnan Love
Is this is the book I tried to read years and years ago, and stopped at a horrid scene? I got to the pages where animals were abused. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jane
I'm a Richard Russo fan. I enjoy the writing and how the characters' thought processes are articulated. Great book!Published 23 days ago by Andrew Lunetta
My book club enjoyed discussing this novel, particularly as many of us are former East Coasters from NY/NJ and contemporaries of Mr. Russo.Published 26 days ago by Kristina Volker
Good book. A few slow parts, but overall an enjoyable read. Local library has the movie on dvd- I enjoyed the book enough that I will watch the movie.Published 1 month ago by Mom to 4 Boyz
Seems high school-ish w strong language and some sexual content but has mystery and irony in story. That's it for me.Published 1 month ago by Amanda Hagy