Empire Falls, Maine: once a thriving hub of industry, this small town nestles in a bend of the vast and winding Knox River, and has always been the empire of the wealthy Whiting family. Now the last Mrs Whiting presides like a black widow spider over its declining fortunes. She harbours a grudge against her employee Miles Groby, who runs the Whiting-owned Empire Grill, but hopes one day to own it ...
Paperback: 483 pages
Publisher: Vintage Books; New Ed edition (September 1, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1.3 inches
Amazon Rank: 11436149
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This is a good book, but it's a very dense book. It's a sweeping story about Empire Falls, a rural blue-collar New England town, and the people who inhabit it.Miles Roby is the central character, living his depressing middle-age life flipping burgers...
les, gentle and hopeless, has other problems: his wife has run off with his worst customer, he frets about his adored teenage daughter, and his drunken father sponges off everyone. As the novel builds to a shocking climax, Russo constantly surprises with characters who will disarm you, a plot with as many twists and falls as the Knox River itself, and an ending that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.