Book Description: A New York Times BestsellerThe town of Empire Falls in Dexter County, Maine, has seen better days. For decades, in fact, it has gone from bad to worse. Its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, a youthful opportunity that has become the albatross of his life. A decent man encircled by history and dreams, by echoing churches and abandoned mills, by the comforts and feuds provided by lifelong friends, Miles is also a patient, knowing guide to the hardscrabble nature of Empire Falls.