“The Imperfectionists”

May 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Fiction, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

This is just the most incredibly fantastic book.  Tom Rachman is a new face I’ll definitely be watching out for, because there’s no way a debut like this is a one-off.  The Imperfectionists is going to be one of the best books of this year, and I’ve only said that once this year so far.

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It’s the story of an English-language newspaper in Rome and the characters who work there.  I do mean ‘characters.’  Each chapter focuses on a different person, with intervals describing the founding of the paper.  By turns endearing, pitiful, sinister, and heartbreaking, these interrelated personal stories twist tighter together until things start to maybe snap a little.

I have to tell you, when you read this (because you must), pop back on here when you are introduced to Snyder.  I was so affected by this character that I had to put the book down for a couple hours and pull myself together.

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