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Empire Falls

Richard Russo

Richard Russo-from his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man-has 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Richard Russo-from his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man-has 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Richard Russo-from his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man-has 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ron McLarty

Length:

20h 27m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:54


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:02


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:29


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:10


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:34


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:50


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:39


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:42


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:22


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:06


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:20


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:50


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:04


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:09


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:21


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:43


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:29


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:50


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

10:06


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:53


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:12


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:12


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:16


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:19


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:48


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:22


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:23


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

10:01


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

09:18


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

09:24


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:49


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:20


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:09


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:52


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:39


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

09:18


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:08


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

09:00


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:44


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:40


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:47


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:58


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:28


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:59


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:17


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

09:34


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:57


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:43


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:21


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:42


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:28


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

09:31


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:19


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:05


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:22


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:21


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:27


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:26


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

09:51


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:35


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:56


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:43


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

09:10


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:10


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:41


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:31


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

09:07


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:47


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:28


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:32


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:03


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:11


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:34


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:37


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:40


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

08:27


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

08:21


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:36


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:19


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:17


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:55


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

08:42


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

09:48


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

00:30