The Mama’s #CBR5 Review #19: Empire Falls by Richard Russo

empirefallsI read a review of this novel that compared Russo’s writing to a slow boil, and that’s exactly what it is. I put this book down several times – it lags in places, and I grew a little bored waiting for something to happen, But after a few days, I’d pick it up again, and literally devour another seventy-five or a hundred pages. It pulls in hundreds of threads, and weaves them together in a way you don’t always see coming. The characters are flawed, exquisite, sad, conflicted, ugly, but always, they are very, very human.
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