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The Imperfectionists A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Tom Rachman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385343671
ISBN-13: 9780385343671
Sku: 216459804
Publish Date: 1/4/2011
Pages:  281
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One of most acclaimed books of the year, ""Tom Rachman''s debut novel follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters and editors of an English-language newspaper in Rome.
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Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it—and themselves—afloat.

Fifty years and many changes have ensued since the paper was founded by an enigmatic millionaire, and now, amid the stained carpeting and dingy office furniture, the staff’s personal dramas seem far more important than the daily headlines. Kathleen, the imperious editor in chief, is smarting from a betrayal in her open marriage; Arthur, the lazy obituary writer, is transformed by a personal tragedy; Abby, the embattled financial officer, discovers that her job cuts and her love life are intertwined in a most unexpected way. Out in the field, a veteran Paris freelancer goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while the new Cairo stringer is mercilessly manipulated by an outrageous war correspondent with an outsize ego. And in the shadows is the isolated young publisher who pays more attention to his prized basset hound, Schopenhauer, than to the fate of his family’s quirky newspaper.

As the era of print news gives way to the Internet age and this imperfect crew stumbles toward an uncertain future, the paper’s rich history is revealed, including the surprising truth about its founder’s intentions.

Spirited, moving, and highly original, The Imperfectionists will establish Tom Rachman as one of our most perceptive, assured literary talents.


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Tom Rachman, a former editor at the Paris branch of the International Herald Tribune, uses his experiences to wonderful effect in his debut novel, a sprawling book that vividly portrays a motley crew of characters working at an English-language newspaper in Rome. Told in interlocking vignettes, THE IMPERFECTIONISTS presents an eccentric ensemble cast, including a tyrannical editor-in-chief wounded by her open marriage, an indolent obituary writer shocked into self-awareness by a death in his own life, a feckless publisher who allows his family business to fall into ruin, and a fresh-from-college kid who realizes he can't hack it in the reporter profession. Each story is fresh and fully realized in its own right, and the cumulative effect is an evocative depiction of a frenzied and eccentric industry in danger of extinction due to the rise of the internet. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010 and by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book.

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"The chapters read like exquisite short stories....[T]here are more than enough sublime moments, unexpected turns and sheer inky wretchedness to warrant putting this on the shelf next to other great newspaper novels." (starred review) 11/30/2009

"THE IMPERFECTIONISTS is a precise, playful fiction, with a deep but lightly worn intelligence. the author's experience working in Europe for the Associated Press and the International Herald Tribune is evident here in an insider's humorous eye for the workings of a newspaper." - Ed Cumming 04/09/2010

"This first novel by Tom Rachman...is so good I had to read it twice simply to figure out how he pulled it off. I still haven't answered that question, nor do I know how someone so young...could have acquired such a precocious grasp of human foibles. The novel is alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching, and it's assembled like a Rubik's Cube. I almost feel sorry for Rachman, because a debut of this order sets the bar so high." - Christopher Buckley 05/02/2010

"Rachman has created a series of vividly memorable characters. His writing is usually sharp, controlled, and absorbing. It is a fine debut." - Matthew Peters 05/02/2010

"THE IMPERFECTIONISTS is about what happens when professionals realize that their craft no longer has meaning in the world's eyes (think of all those hardworking monk-scribes idled by Gutenberg) and that the only people who really understand them are on the same foundering ship, and that, come to think of it, they really loved that damn ship for all it made their lives hell." - Louis Bayard 05/01/2010

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