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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
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I don't necessarily expect a great book when I pick up a best seller, but this book surprised me. Years ago I had read two other Russo books including Straight Man, which was a... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Grump
I love this book. It unfolds beautifully and is sweet and funny, but gets a little intense and disturbing near the end.Published 16 days ago by tbehling
Because the narrative takes place close to my residence it was easy to follow and very believable although it is a fictional account.Published 26 days ago by Deadshot
Liked this best of Russo's work, it did not seem as self-conscious as some of his other books, or as depressing. Read it for a small bookclub and we all loved it. Read morePublished 28 days ago by mystery reader from schenectady
No violence, sex, nothing explodes. Russo weaves a tapestry as rich and colorful as real life. He has a wonderful insight into what makes people tick and pulls you into this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian S.
Excellent saga of a small town in USA. Well done characters. Enjoyable reading.Published 2 months ago by William J. Brown