Title Profile & Character Information

Empire Falls

Annotation
"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 obligation - 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2001  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
2001  Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2002  Pulitzer Prize
2002  Ambassador Book Awards

Characters
NameRoby, Miles
GenderMale
OccupationRestaurant manager
TraitsEstranged
Father

NameRoby, Janine
GenderFemale
TraitsEstranged
Engaged

NameRoby, Christina "Tick"
GenderFemale

NameRoby, Max
GenderMale
TraitsAlcoholic
Widower
Grandfather
Senile

GenreDomestic
Fiction
TopicsSmall town life
Working classes
Community life
Family relationships
Family secrets
SettingEmpire Falls, Maine
Small town
Mill town
Economically depressed community