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Empire Falls by Richard Russo
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.

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This group is for women in the East Valley looking for a fun and relaxed book club!

It's a casual environment where we explore great fiction and occasional nonfiction. We have lively discussions and build friendships!!

This group is meant to cater to women of all backgrounds, cultures, affiliations, mindsets, etc. So bring your open minds, open hearts and, of course, your open books!!

We also have social events so if you can't make a book club meeting sign up for one of those and come see what an awesome group we are!

We meet once a month and book selections are suggested by members. Our meetings fill up fast but there's a waiting list so it never hurts to read the book.

Also, there will be a teensy little club due of $10 to be collected online within 60 days of membership. This goes to pay for the maintenance of the site. We look forward to reading with you!!!

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