We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Empire Falls, this slyly funny, moving novel about a blue-collar town in upstate New York—and about Sully, one of its unluckiest citizens, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years—is a classic American story.
The Paul Newman movie is seared into my memory, thanks to the scene where Melanie Griffith's character flashed him her boobs. Oddly enough, our VCR tape developed a glitch around that point in the movie, eventually.
All of Russo's work is good. No one captures Upstate New York like him. If you like this book, try Straight Man. And if you read Emoire Falls, read Mohawk, his first book. Basically the same story as Empire, but written 10 years earlier, you see how he grew as a writer.
Hadn't thought about Russo for a while. I ran across this article a while ago. It might give some background.