Empire Falls Summary Sparknotes

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Jodi Thongsy
Professor Garman
English 1A Section #1374
25 September 2014

Divorced with a Teen
In his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, Richard Russo depicts the lives of average people in a deserted town of Empire Falls, Maine. Two of the primary characters in the story are Miles Roby, a hard working father that manages the Empire Grill, and Janine Roby, Miles ex-wife. The two have a long history together. They once shared a life together as married couple, but things change when she cheats on him to be with Walt Cameau. Which’d set off a chain of events that led to a divorce and Christina, “Tick”, Miles and Janine daughter to resent her mother and Walt.
After twenty years of marriage, Miles and Janine had separated and went their own ways. In the middle of their divorce, Miles relationship grew closer to his daughter “ Since he and Janine had separated, a separation of a different sort had occurred between himself and Tick, the exact nature of
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Which had pissed Janine off” (Russo 275). Tick also refuses to use or go near anything that Walt uses, “there was an empty seat that vacated, and Tick did not want any part of that. She no longer uses the bathroom up stair, for that same reason” (Russo 275). Therefore, Tick despises her mother and Walt so much that she gives her mom an attitude along with not wanting to be affiliated with Walt. Since the week leading up to the wedding Janine was determine to have Tick be a bridesmaid, but “for her daughter had no more desire to play a dramatic role in her mother’s wedding than Miles did”(Russo 360). After speaking to Tick, Miles was able to get her to agree on being a bridesmaid. As a result of that, “Miles promised to take her to Boston to see Van Gogh and her mother struck a deal with her to get their computer hooked to the email server” (Russo

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