Friday, October 04, 2019

Friday's Forgotten Books, THE IMPERFECTIONISTS, Tom Rachman


THE IMPERFECTIONISTS is a debut novel that reads like the work of an experienced master of the genre. Is it me or are first novels growing stronger all the time? Perhaps since Mr. Rachman is himself a journalist and editor he is following that sage advice to write about what you know.

More like a series of short stories than a traditional novel, THE IMPERFECTIONISTS tells the stories of some of the personnel at a small newspaper in Rome. Here we have the story of the copy editor, a reporter, a stringer, the editor in chief and various other personnel including a devoted reader. A sort of Canterbury Tales.

In between these delightful, insightful, humorous and sometimes painful personal and intersecting stories, we also get the story of the Ott family, the newspaper's founders and how the family eventually slid into obscurity and the newspaper folded.

It is hard not to swoon over such a elegant writer. Each story is original and very much written with its own tone. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.


Margot Kinberg said...

I need to check this out, Patti. I've not read Rachman, and it sounds like something I'd enjoy.

Jeff Meyerson said...

Good choice. I agree.

George said...

I'll track down a copy and give it a try. I'm impressed by your strong review!

Mathew Paust said...

Fascinating concept, enticing review. Wild horses couldn't keep me away (unless there's no Kindle version).