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Russo, Richard. EMPIRE FALLS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 483 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's fifth novel. One of the most important American novels of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Richard Russo's "Empire Falls". Widely regarded as his masterpiece. "A masterful storyteller with a mission: To chronicle with insight and compassion the day-to-day life of small-town America, alternating episodes of boisterous humor with moments of heart-wrenching pathos" (Houston Chronicle). "What makes Russo so admirable as a novelist is that his natural grace as a storyteller is matched by his compassion for his characters" (John Irving). Russo's title is ironic and telling: The decline of small-town America is a microcosm of the larger decline of the American Empire, a subject that is certainly even more relevant than ever. Russo wrote the brilliant screenplay for the fine film adaptation by Fred Schepisi, with Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, and the late Paul Newman in career-peak performances. An absolute "must-have" title for Richard Russo collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Richard Russo. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Printers Row "Lit Fest" Souvenir Program (which is beautifully produced) during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for "Empire Falls", famously besting a formidable and worthy challenger in Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD RUSSO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679432477. $70.00

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