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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.

The author's fifth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Richard Russo is 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). In this regard, he reminds one of another writer of "the lonely life", Richard Yates, one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. It is no surprise that when the time came to reissue Yates' indispensable work, Richard Russo was prevailed upon to write the illuminating Introduction. Russo's title is ironic and telling: The decline of small-town America is a microcosm of the larger decline of America. Russo wrote the screenplay for the fine film adaptation by Fred Schepisi, with Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, and Paul Newman in an award-winning performance. A masterpiece, this is a "must-have" title for Richard Russo collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings and is now collectible. It comes with a brand-new copy of the film adaptation on DVD which is very prominently and beautifully signed in front in black marker by Richard Russo. Russo also signed each of the two DVD's inside to indicate that he signed the copy "in its entirety", a very considerate and thoughtful gesture on his part that truly comes as a surprise. This is one of relatively few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. The DVD is in new, un-used condition. A rare signed set thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for "Empire Falls". One of the greatest living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD RUSSO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679432477. $150.00

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