Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Review of the Day: Empire Falls
Empire Falls is Richard Russo's Pulitzer-winning story of the Roby family of Empire Falls, Maine.
Russo tells the tale primarily from the point of view of the recently-divorced Miles Roby. Miles struggles to make a go of the Empire Grill, get out from under the thumb of the town doyenne, maintain his relationship with his teen age daughter, settle a feud with a local cop, understand his parents, and overcome his fear of heights so he can paint the church steeple.
This is an engrossing, meaty read. It is a great, old-fashioned yarn, meaning it has a strong, coherent plot; fully-developed characters; drama; a reasonable tempo; and more than a few thought-provoking ideas. Thoroughly entertaining.
(leave a link in a comment and I will add yours)