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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.
Seems high school-ish w strong language and some sexual content but has mystery and irony in story. That's it for me.Published 13 days ago by Amanda Hagy
I give the book 3.5 Stars. Overall I enjoyed the book but it seemed to move too slowly toward a fairly predictable climax. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bruce
Good story. Believable characters. A heart-full tale of how a depressed economy can depress and repress human aspirations.Published 17 days ago by ashcom
This book was outstanding story, first I read of this author; won't be the last.Published 20 days ago by juanita rizzo
Russo has a marvelous insight into human emotions and motivations and presents them in very humorous manner. Extremely enjoyable.Published 1 month ago by Charles W. Dahm
Russo has created a whole town of great characters. This is a full bodied story with lots of action, subtle and dramatic, with good character development and some unexpected plot... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Weinhaus