Imperfectionists

I kept hearing about Tom Rachman???s The Imperfectionists??and the premise intrigued me, so I moved it to the top of my pile.

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Set in Rome, this debut novel centres around a struggling international English-language newspaper. With each chapter telling the story of a different character???reporters, foreign correspondents, editors, executives???the book reads like a collection of short stories. The narratives interspersed with short chapters on the paper???s 50-year history, the novel also explores recent challenges to the newspaper business: technology, loss of advertising, competition for readers??? attention.

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Perfectly structured, with compelling, memorable characters, The Imperfectionists is intelligent, ironic and perceptive.

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This author is young! Here???s his bio (from his website): Tom Rachman was born in 1974 in London, but grew up in Vancouver. He studied cinema at the University of Toronto and completed a Master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York. From 1998, he worked as an editor at the foreign desk of The Associated Press in New York, then did a stint as a reporter in India and Sri Lanka, before returning to New York. In 2002, he was sent to Rome as an AP correspondent, with assignments taking him to Japan, South Korea, Turkey and Egypt. Beginning in 2006, he worked part-time as an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris to support himself while writing fiction. He now lives in Rome, where he is working on his second novel.

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