Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Empire Falls
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
Richard Russofrom his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Manhas 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 scions widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isnt 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 obligationshis mother ailing, his father a loose cannonMiles 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
review
Mafiacisco
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
Pickpick

As always, Russo hits the perfect notes of humour and irony while weaving a tightly knit narrative filled with memorable characters, who are in equal parts slapdashedly funny and outlandishly exaggerated, but also true to essential human nature.

review
Jason7
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image
Pickpick

This Pulitzer winner is funny at times and tragic at others. It is a long audiobook, but the narrator is good and the story is good as well, so I never tired of the story. There‘s an HBO miniseries based on this book for those who prefer not to invest the time. I‘ll read more from this writer. Overall rating: 4.53 stars

16 likes1 stack add
blurb
EadieB
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

I read this 15 years ago.

“Russo writes with a warm, vibrant humanity.... A stirring mix of poignancy, drama and comedy.” —The Washington Post

Welcome to Empire Falls, a blue-collar town full of abandoned mills whose citizens surround themselves with the comforts and feuds provided by lifelong friends and neighbors and who find humor and hope in the most unlikely places, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Russo.

#adventrecommends

EadieB #empirefalls #RichardRusso If you like family sagas then you should read (edited) 12mo
bookcollecter He is from neck of the woods, and based his fiction on this area of upstate New York 12mo
EadieB @bookcollecter I liked his characters! They were all well-drawn and very memorable 12mo
88 likes5 stack adds3 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

Spent some time out with my favorite people hitting up a couple local used bookstores and walked away with these. Quite happy with my little #bookhaul ☺️

I‘m already a big fan of Eggers & Russo and I‘ve heard of American Dervish so I figured I‘d try it out since the deal was too good to pass up! Got all these & 5 movies for @BookBee89 for free with a gift card. 👌🏻

Reviewsbylola Zeitoun is great and I accidentally bought two copies of Empire Falls in the past six months so I obviously really want to read it. 😂 1y
BarbaraBB Zeitoun and Empire Falls are both great. You‘ll love them. 1y
MicheleinPhilly All 3 were 5 star reads for me. 1y
See All 10 Comments
Thousand-Lives I loved Empire Falls! 👍 1y
Leftcoastzen Loved Empire Falls ! American Dervish on my TBR ⛰ 1y
mrozzz LOL! @Reviewsbylola I had to think about whether or not I had it already as an ebook or audiobook because I have most of his books but I‘ve only read the 2 fool novels 1y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB Awesome! I think I will too ☺️ 1y
mrozzz @MicheleinPhilly Yay! this is why I love shopping backlists because many of you can guide me to what I should read 1y
mrozzz @Thousand-Lives I Love Russo! So I think I‘ll love it too 😃 1y
mrozzz @Leftcoastzen Yes! So good to hear. American Dervish looks so good 1y
121 likes2 stack adds10 comments
review
sophierayton
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image
Pickpick

For me this was quite slow going at first but once I was invested in the characters it really came to life. The writing is witty and insightful and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

Rcoco Straight Man is so good! 1y
sophierayton Excellent. Thanks for the rec x 1y
7 likes2 comments
review
BlueMonday42
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image
Pickpick

Richard Russo is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers for character development. Miles Roby is certainly one of the best characters I‘ve met in quite some time.

14 likes1 stack add
blurb
Reviewsbylola
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

Gertie loves people watching while I get some porch reading in. ❤️

alisonrose Awww that little pupper face 💗 1y
MsLeah8417 My fur baby and I do porchtime almost daily Spring, Summer and Fall. 1y
Schlinkles That is a good lookin‘ pup! 1y
See All 17 Comments
MicheleinPhilly I love Gertie! And her name makes me smile as Gertrude was my grandmother‘s name. 1y
auntie_jenn gah! i love her! you can tell she has personality 😻 1y
Soubhiville Wow what a cutie! 1y
ladym30 What a sweet face!! 1y
emilyhaldi Lol 1y
LeahBergen Hello, Gertie! 😘 1y
Mdargusch ❤️❤️😳 1y
GripLitGrl 😍🐕😍 1y
Kalalalatja That face 😍😍 1y
BarbaraBB Great pic! Do you like the book? 1y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic of you both ❤️ 1y
Reviewsbylola I do but I decided now wasn‘t the best time for it. Vacation is too chaotic and I need something that doesn‘t require so much attention. @barbarabb 1y
Mdargusch Did you put this book in my LFL? @Reviewsbylola (edited) 1y
Reviewsbylola Yes because I realized I already owned it. 😂😂 1y
144 likes1 stack add17 comments
review
PurpleyPumpkin
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image
Pickpick

I can see why this won the Pulitzer Prize. It was a fantastic, multi-generational story about a dying town & its eclectic community. The characters & the town were so vividly depicted that I felt like I was right there with them. And there were so many layers to both! In the hands of any other writer, it may not have worked. But Russo is master of his art & succeeded in creating a very rich literary experience. 5/5⭐️

Reviewsbylola I really want to read this. I enjoyed his memoir about his mother but I haven‘t read any of his other books. 2y
mrozzz Agh. I love Russo. 🙌🏻 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @Reviewsbylola @mrozzz Now I want to read all of his other books! 📚 2y
77 likes6 stack adds3 comments
quote
heylaurenmack
Empire Falls | Richard Russo

The problem with the contemplative life was that there was no end to contemplation, no fixed time limit after which thought had to be transformed into action. Contemplation was like sitting on a committee that seldom made recommendations and was ignored when it did, a committee that lacked even the authority to disband.

review
LikelyLibrarian
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image
Pickpick

I'm not sure why I enjoyed this book so much. For the first 350 pages, nothing terribly exciting happens, and the ending left me with a lot of questions, but I still loved it. I think it was the characters. There are a lot of them, but they're all interesting. Perhaps because they're all so hopelessly flawed. Miles, Max, Tick, Janine, even Walt Comeau...I found myself emotionally invested in them all.

14 likes1 stack add
blurb
LikelyLibrarian
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

I didn‘t come close to making #25infive but I had a lot of fun trying 😉

RaimeyGallant I'm finishing a day late. 2y
LikelyLibrarian I‘m actually pretty proud. Fifteen hours in five days means I‘m averaging three hours a day. While I did read an extra hour or two over the weekend, I mostly kept to my normal reading schedule. Compared to how much the average (non-student) adult reads, that‘s pretty good. 👍 2y
LikelyLibrarian @RaimeyGallant 25insix is still pretty impressive 👏 2y
RaimeyGallant Thanks! And you should be proud too. We did good. :) 2y
18 likes4 comments
blurb
LikelyLibrarian
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

This week‘s food prep is accompanied by Russo‘s Pulitzer Prize winning Empire Falls.

blurb
LaviniaG
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

One of my favorite books of ALL time. I've been having a crush on Miles Roby for almost a decade now. Grab it if you haven't already, you can thank me later.

Mcoun I liked this one too. 2y
7 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Melwilk
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image
Pickpick

This is a great book! The characters are very real, and the story makes the reader want to read and find out how everything will turn out for the characters. It is very interesting how the author intertwined the story with the town and its history.

KatrinaRose I loved this book! Have you read any others of Russo? 2y
Melwilk @KatrinaRose This is the first I have read, but I want to read more. 2y
Cinfhen I've heard such GREAT things about this book!!!! And author 😀 (edited) 2y
See All 6 Comments
Reggie I really liked his Straight Man book. It was hilarious. 2y
emtobiasz I'm not sure how many copies of this book I saw before I realized the coffee ring was PART of the cover design 😂 2y
Melwilk @emtobiasz That‘s so funny! I had this book while having dinner, and I looked down and thought I had gotten something on it. It took me a minute to realize it was part of the book. 2y
59 likes3 stack adds6 comments
review
Morr_Books
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image
Pickpick

This book has been on my bookshelf for ten years and was one of the first books I added to my #goodreadstbr list. Can't believe I waited so long to read this. Loved it! Great character studies. Gave us lots to discuss in #bookclub. #bookclubaddict #mounttbr2018

RebelReader My book group read this years ago and introduced me to Russo. Good story! 2y
DrexEdit Richard Russo is one of my read-everything-he-writes authors. 2y
TheAnitaAlvarez This one has been in my TBR forever! 2y
Morr_Books @RebelReader @DrexEdit - I may be reading more Russo soon ❤️ @TheAnitaAlvarez - Bite the bullet and finally pick it up....so worth it! 2y
72 likes3 stack adds4 comments
blurb
Morr_Books
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

Sometimes you just need a change of scenery and lots of coffee when starting another book club read. Awesome bookmark from @aroc ! #MountTBRchallenge #bookclubaddict

Blaire Great book. My book club did this one years and years ago - thinking 2002 possibly. My first Russo. 2y
aroc Glad you like it! 💛 2y
65 likes2 comments
blurb
Dolly
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

My first Richard Russo to get a taste of his style. Will I find a writer to stick with throughout his works? 3 1/2 hours into this audiobook and I‘ve had enough. Mundane negative back and forth dialog. Ahhhhg! I won‘t be picking up more Russo. Sorry.🙁

40 likes1 stack add
blurb
diovival
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

Day 9: #smalltownboy #decdays
I think Empire Falls qualifies as a small town.
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen I just stacked the above book today!!! I‘ve been meaning to read Richard Russo forever. I‘ve been told this one is good as well 2y
MicheleinPhilly One of my all time favorites. ❤️ @Cinfhen Read this ASAP. 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @MicheleinPhilly 😘will do 2y
35 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

A touching and hysterical look at life in a small Maine town. I laughed out loud at certain points but found it ultimately very moving. The MC is having a midlife crisis but despite his age I see him as a #SmallTownBoy

#DecDays

Cathythoughts Laughing out loud & moving! Sounds great 👍 2y
Reggie I think laugh out loud into ultimately moving is his schtick. I read Straight Man by him, and it‘s about this English department professor in a midlife crisis and it is hilarious but also moving. Lol see what I mean. 2y
BarbaraBB @Reggie Straight Man is the only other novel I read by Russo and I liked that one even better! Have you read any others? 2y
See All 10 Comments
Reggie No, that‘s the only one, and the only reason I read that one was because I read this book called Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman who in his author‘s notes says he idolizes Richard Russo. And that book is about an author who is having a midlife crisis...... it‘s pretty good though. 2y
Caroline2 Oh I've had this on my TBR shelf for over a year now!! 😳 maybe I should move it up the pile! 👍🏻 2y
BarbaraBB @Caroline2 It is really fun, you‘ll fly through it! 2y
callielafleur @Reggie Domestic Violets was hilarious! 2y
AmyG Wnderful book! 2y
Cinfhen I've heard such good things about this author & this novel! Stacked 2y
Reggie @callilafleur yes it was. The whole thing with his work. And his dad‘s crazy girlfriend. 2y
69 likes2 stack adds10 comments
review
mauveandrosysky
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image
Pickpick

This book was...fine. I didn't love it. Deep character development is usually my jam, but this was SO detailed and dense that I often felt like I was slogging through it. So why is it a Pick? Because ultimately it was satisfying and edifying.

Notafraidofwords I‘ve never read anything by him. I have a feeling I won‘t really like him. But you‘re review might change my mind. 2y
Ericmanciniwriter Did you read Nobody's Fool? I feel like it had all the good of Empire Falls and none of the bad 2y
mauveandrosysky @Eamann no, this was my first time reading Russo actually. Maybe I'll check that one out. 2y
35 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
BookBabe
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

Yesterday‘s wonderful meeting of #ThePoconoBookClub , at a local charcuterie! We sampled cheeses and meats while we discussed this excellent book. 😊🧀🥓

Joanne1 Perfect book club activity. 2y
113 likes1 comment
blurb
MrBook
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

Another meeting of #ThePoconoBookClub is in the bag 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Richard Russo's book is unanimously praised by everyone, some even suggesting that a couple hundred more pages may have even made it better.

Tamra So fun. I‘m jealous! 2y
Jinjer Ugh. #Goal To live near @MrBook and @BookBabe so I can attend their fun events! 2y
BookBabe @Jinjer 😁😘 2y
See All 9 Comments
BookBabe @Tamra 😊❤️ 2y
MrBook @Tamra @Jinjer aww ☺️🙌🏻, you two are so awesome! 2y
Molly_the_mezzo This was a lot of fun, and a great book! 2y
Reviewsbylola I️ bet they love having a male perspective. 2y
MrBook @Molly_the_mezzo Yes, you are a magnificent new addition, and we loved having you out ☺️! And you're a Litten now 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻! 2y
MrBook @Reviewsbylola No complaints thus far ☺️. 2y
123 likes3 stack adds9 comments
blurb
BookBabe
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

#BookNDinner! Crispy chicken wings, garlic knots, antipasto salad, mozzarella sticks, and mineral water! Yum! 😋This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats!

I'm doing this book on audio, but I snagged
 @MrBook 's copy for the pic. We need to have it read by Saturday for book club. Loving it, it's hilarious!

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been wanting to read this! 2y
83 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
MrBook
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this warm and slightly humid evening: garlic-parm wings, garlic knots, antipasto, mozzarella sticks and Stewart's root beer! MMMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

RadicalReader @MrBook I LOVE the eye appealing salad. Appealing to both the eyes and the stomach 2y
stephani06 I think Empire Falls is the perfect autumn book! Just lent it to my brother for that reason. 2y
111 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
MrBook
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

#BookNDessert! Accompaniment: a fresh-out-of-the-oven caramel apple tartlet and vanilla caramel tea. MMMMmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

blurb
MrBook
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this chilly, clear evening: maple-glazed pork tenderloin, potato and green beans in a light butter sauce, and sparkling mineral water. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats 😎👌🏻! #HalloweenGoesPostal and #AllHallowsReadBookExchange package openings to occur thereafter. 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

sherrynuts A friend just handed me Empire Falls! What do you think about it so far? 2y
114 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
MrBook
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

#BookNDessert! Accompaniment this cool, water-logged night: vanilla ice cream wrapped in a thick blanket of real Oreo crunchies, all ultimately clinging to their destined ride--a stick. MMMMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Smangela That desert looks sooooo delicious 😍 2y
107 likes3 stack adds1 comment
blurb
MrBook
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this fine and pleasant night: double-mushroom pizza; mozzarella sticks; garlic knots; garlic-parmesan wings; antipasto; and Coke. MMMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

blurb
MrBook
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this pleasant night: meatball parm and chicken parm sub, salad, and lemon seltzer. MMMMMmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Leftcoastzen Richard Russo rocks! 2y
KimSG Empire Falls is one of my favorite 2y
111 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
Jillsandypants
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image
Pickpick

This was my first Richard Russo and it just blew me away. I now have a book hangover. I will definitely be picking up his other books!

blurb
KatrinaRose
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

Some pool time in Las Vegas. (If you think that's water in the bottle, guess again.) ⛱

SheilaChew Have fun! Lots of good luck! 🎲🎰🤑 2y
TheBookStacker Which hotel are you staying at? I live in Vegas! It was so hot today! 2y
KatrinaRose @TheBookStacker Oh how cool! How do you like living here? I'm staying at South Point and girl, compared to Texas, this is nothing.. 2y
cathysaid Enjoyed that book! 2y
TheBookStacker It's good so far we just moved 3 weeks ago. And I agree I was in New Orleans before this and that was way worse! 2y
110 likes5 stack adds5 comments
blurb
MayJasper
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

I've only read Empire Falls but I like the covers on both
#anditsaugust #drinksoncovers @RealLifeReading

quote
heylaurenmack
Empire Falls | Richard Russo

You can't possibly judge your ability to control something until you've experienced the extremes of its capabilities.

blurb
Arrowhm
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

I'm from a small town full of classic small town life. Maybe that's why I'm so drawn to this book.

ReadingEnvy Loved it! Have you read anything by Kent Haruf? He also seems to get small town life. 2y
Arrowhm I'll look into him. Thank you so much for the suggestion! 2y
6 likes2 comments
blurb
dariazeoli
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

A #bookhaul from the #librarybooksale! I really picked over things as there were a lot of old, old library books. I've read Bag of Bones, but snagged a copy for my chronological read. Everything else is new to me.

Caroline2 Good book haul! I've got Sarah's key and empire falls on my TBR pile too! 👍🏻 2y
Smangela Sarah's Key ❤️❤️ 2y
37 likes2 comments
blurb
shelf-improvement
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

I feel like this would be a good name for a really terrible but self-important hard rock band from like 2004. #MarchIntoReading

37 likes1 stack add
blurb
shelf-improvement
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

A #redandgreen stack for #SeasonsReadings2016. What happened to all my green books?!

41 likes1 stack add
blurb
MicheleinPhilly
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

#photoadaynov16 One of my all time favorites! #SetInASmallTown

shelf-improvement Love this book 💓 3y
Lakesidemusing Richard Russo😍 3y
27 likes4 stack adds2 comments
review
Lauren.Archer
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
Pickpick

Gosh, every Richard Russo book that I read is better than the previous. For me, his writing style is absolute perfection. This is true literary fiction in every sense. I love how he gets me to love all his characters even the ones we would find unloveable if they were real.

ForestAvenuePress I've read this a few times because it's paced and organized so well. 3y
Lakesidemusing This was my first Richard Russo and made me a forever fan. My oldest daughter recently read it and had the dance reaction! 3y
librariankris Empire Falls is 💯! Happy to hear you enjoyed it. 👌😊 3y
BB1958 His memoir Elsewhere is wonderful. Right from the heart. 3y
60 likes5 stack adds4 comments
blurb
Lauren.Archer
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

I loved Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool so I am going to give this Richard Russo a read.

Crysboehne I love this book! 3y
ReadingEnvy I love this one, just quietly brilliant. 3y
DyAnne One of my favorites! Did not want to leave the characters when it was over. 3y
Ericmanciniwriter I read this just this past summer - it's brilliant! Like Nobody's Fool but with a little more plot. Enjoy. 3y
Mcoun This is a great book with a complex plot. I hope you enjoy it 3y
73 likes17 stack adds5 comments
quote
Ashlee
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

"...still, how wonderful to be desired! Surely this was God's gift to fallen Man. Both the reason and sweet recompense for the loss of Paradise." #RichardRusso #EmpireFalls #quote #desire #blessed

blurb
Ashlee
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

@AllieFuchs alerted me to the fact that she finished "Empire Falls" this week. I gotta catch up! Time is ticking down until the LOC's Book Festival. #EmpireFalls #RichardRusso #LOCBookFestival #gottasignthemall

quote
[DELETED] 586715006
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

"And there comes a time in your life when you realize that if you don't take the opportunity to be happy, you may never get another chance again."
-- Richard Russo, Empire Falls

2 likes1 stack add
review
Ericmanciniwriter
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
Pickpick

Great book! Nobody's Fool had a bigger heart and sharper humor, but some wrenching plot developments in the last few chapters of this book really made it stand out. Highly recommend.

14 likes1 stack add
quote
Ericmanciniwriter
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

blurb
Ericmanciniwriter
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

"I get you a new one"
No thanks Ve, this one's still good

blurb
Ericmanciniwriter
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

What's better than morning reading before the kids wake up?

Posemn Intelligentsia coffee too. Perfect morning! 3y
18 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Ericmanciniwriter
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

My stack taunts me as I slowly make my way through Empire Falls

Ericmanciniwriter Just stressing again that Peppa Pig is not formally part of the stack 3y
11 likes1 comment
blurb
Ericmanciniwriter
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

Great book but it isn't coming out of the gate as strongly as Nobody's Fool did

Lakesidemusing I loved this book way back when, but am reading Nobody's Fool now. It's pretty amazing so far! 3y
6 likes1 comment
quote
Ericmanciniwriter
Empire Falls | Richard Russo
post image

Bookchipmunk This is a great book! 3y
7 likes2 stack adds1 comment