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Russo, Richard | Empire Falls | Signed First Edition Copy
Empire Falls | Russo, Richard | Signed First Edition Book


 
EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo
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First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed by the author. 2001 NY: Knopf ISBN 0679432477
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EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo - SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOK

2001 NY: Knopf. First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dustjacket, signed by author.

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Richard Russo from his first novel, Mohawkhas demonstrated a peerless affinity for the human tragicomedy, and with this stunning new novel he extends even further his claims on the small-town, blue-collar heart of the country. Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion's widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn't already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his daily and future life. Called back from college and set to work by family obligations - his mother ailing, his father a loose cannon - Miles never left home again. Even so, his own obligations are manifold: a pending divorce, a troubled younger brother and, not least, a peculiar partnership in the failing grill with none other than Mrs. Whiting. All of these, though, are offset by his daughter, Tick, whom he guides gently and proudly through the tribulations of adolescence. A decent man encircled by history and dreams, by echoing churches and abandoned mills, by the comforts and feuds provided by lifelong friends and neighbors, Miles is also a patient, knowing guide to the rich, hardscrabble nature of Empire Falls: fathers and sons and daughters, living and dead, rich and poor alike. Shot through with the mysteries of generations and the shattering visitations of the nation at large, it is a social novel of panoramic ambition, yet at the same time achingly personal. In the end, Empire Falls reveals our worst and best instincts, both our most appalling nightmares and our simplest hopes, with all the vision, grace and humanity of truly epic storytelling.

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