May 30, 2002

I recently finished Empire Falls by Richard Russo. I hadn’t read a novel in a while and admittedly purchased this one because it won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year.

It was a great book, well deserved of the prize and I have but one gripe of which has nothing to do with the story itself, but everything to do with the (large) picture of the author on the back cover. Russo’s portrait strikes me as a guy who just turned 45, bought a 15 year old Porche convertible and started wearing his coller turned up to be cool. Now I’m sure that’s probably not the case, however there were a few corny jokes in the book that were magnified by the photo. I just could not get his image out of my mind when reading it — you shouldn’t be thinking of the author when reading a novel.

Anyhow, aside from this, I really enjoyed it — a story about how interesting drama can come from a small, fictional (?) town in Maine.

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