Richard Russo

Richard Russo is an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his novels that vividly depict the lives of characters in small, declining American towns. Russo received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2002 for his novel 'Empire Falls,' which was later adapted into an HBO miniseries. His other notable works include 'Nobody's Fool,' 'Straight Man,' and 'That Old Cape Magic.' Russo's writing is celebrated for its humor, warmth, and insightful exploration of human relationships and economic hardship.


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  1. 1. Empire Falls

    "Empire Falls" is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that explores the life of Miles Roby, a man who has spent his entire life in a decaying, blue-collar town in Maine. Miles, a kind-hearted man, runs the Empire Grill, a local diner, and dreams of escaping the town and his manipulative, wealthy boss. The novel delves into the complex relationships and social dynamics of the town, examining themes of love, loss, and the economic decline of small-town America.