This is a great American novel, following the intertwined lives of the residents of Empire Falls, Maine. Empire Falls is a declining mill town, lorded over by the baronial Whiting clan. It covers several generations, focusing mostly on the present day and recalling the past. Like all small towns, this is one with secrets, good guys and bad, but all the characters are drawn richly, with respect. There is wisdom here, perception and blindness, short joys and long regrets. This is a book that sings to me, resonating with issues that are personal and real in my life. It is a masterpiece.
Some of the characters make moral decisions and take the consequences of their actions.
Decisions are made for moral reasons and characters pay willingly for their sins. Working class and upper class interact here in a tale filled with religion, human experience