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Empire Falls
Richard Russo
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Summary: With Empire Falls Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of America's most compelling and compassionate storytellers. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and 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-and 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, and grace.


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main characters Miles Roby
Male
Age: 40s
Estranged
Manager of the Empire Grill.
Restaurant manager

Janine Roby
Female
Estranged
Miles' soon-to-be-ex-wife; ran off with another man.

Christina "Tick" Roby
Female
Age: Teenager
Miles' daughter.

Max Roby
Male
Age: Senior citizen
Alcoholic
Miles' father.



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