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FictionBookclub “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo& U Dog too

October 4, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm EDT

All doglovers & dogs are invited to join my coed bookclub on Tuesday, October 4 to discuss award winning (Pulitzer Prize), rich, humorous, captivating, elegantly constructed, poignant novel,”Empire Falls” by Richard Russo.

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 & neighbors & who find humor & hope in the most unlikely places, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Russo. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education & much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it’s Janine, Miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town–& seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls, Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, & grace.

We’ll enjoy a stimulating & fun discussion with wonderful booklover company,while enjoying a virtual happy.I can’t wait til I see you if I have the privilege on October 4 & our prior bookclubs if we’re fortunate.


“Miles Roby is a typical Russo hero: wry, unlucky in love and money, and just a little bit smarter than the people who populate his run-down industrial town. In this case, the town is Empire Falls, Maine, where Miles manages a restaurant that serves as a kind of meeting hall for the novel’s large cast of characters. There’s David, Miles’s recovering-alcoholic brother; Walt, the health-club entrepreneur who has stolen Miles’s estranged wife; Tick, Miles’s precocious, befuddled teen-age daughter; and Francine Whiting, the rich widow who runs everything. Russo is preoccupied with the death of a certain version of the American dream, but his belief in the power of comedy—sometimes low, sometimes high—rescues his work from pathos and elevates it into the realm of literature.”The New Yorker


“Rich, humorous, elegantly constructed . . . Easily Mr. Russo’s most seductive book thus far.”.The New York Times

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

“Russo is one of the best novelists around.” The New York Times Book Review

“The history of American literature may show that Richard Russo wrote the last great novel of the 20th century.” Christian Science Monitor

“Nobody does small-town life better than Richard Russo.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution


October 4, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:20 pm EDT


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