The first time I picked up Empire Falls, I couldn't really get into it. However, the second time, once I made it past the first few chapters, I could not put it down! Russo does a great job of developing the characters and making them easy to relate to. At a certain point, you become so connected with the characters, you begin to feel as if you actually know them.
The book is definitely long. However, the characters become more and more interesting as you progress further in the book. I was definitely sad when it was over.
I ordered this book based on Amazon's recommendation believing it to be a scifi novel involving the fall of some galactic empire. Little did I know how wrong I was. Empire Falls is a place in Maine and the novel is a modern day story about everyday people with everyday problems. I decided to give the book a chance and was very glad that I did. The book focuses on Miles Robey, the proprietor a one of Empire Falls few restaurants. Miles is a nice guy that throughout … more
I picked this up while just browing the book shelves of Barnes and Noble without any recommendation and I was glad to have found it. It turned out to be one of the best novels I've read in recent months. This is another book about small home town, but the story has elements of mystery, wit and great imagery. I get bored out my mind with books that go into great detail about how things looked, smelled, etc. Without doing that, the author Richard Russo allowed me to paint the images in my head. Werid, … more
I am a recent USC grad. My degree is in business with an emphasis in management, however I have many interests beyond that. I especially love traveling (been to 20 countries so far and have a long list … more
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