The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman

Apr 05

The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman

I have been on a lucky streak with my book choices of late.  The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman keeps the trend alive for me.  The tale is a collection of short stories based on the lives of those working at an English language paper located in Rome.  Their lives and sundry foibles intersect strictly because of the jobs they hold.  Reading through the expertly written characters in each chapter (which were cleverly titled with newspaper headlines and the name and title of the main character for that section) was like peeking into co-workers’ lives.  The pages are filled with all of the juicy gossip about everyone, from the editor to the accountant to the reader.  Adeptly woven in between the chapters is a sub story about the origin of the paper and the subsequent owners.  The figures are people you know at your own work, their personal adventures riveting.   The dichotomy of the familiarity of the daily news and the exoticism of Italy make for a perfect setting for these Imperfectionists.

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