The Imperfectionists

The Imperfectionists

by Tom Rachman

Gail Reid: This short novel is about the individuals who work at an English language international newspaper based in Rome. Never heard of the word "Imperfectionists"? Each of the characters is very human and very flawed; each is very imperfect but very real. Tom Rachman does a wonderful job of exploring these expatriate journalists so that you understand them but ultimately may or may not like them.

The 50-year-old history of this family-owned newspaper forms the back story and these chapters are intertwined with the character pieces. The paper's founder and subsequently his son and grandson who follow him are just as "imperfect" and idiosyncratic as the people who work for them. Snappy dialogue, insightful character analysis,and humor make this novel stand out as one of the best I have read this year.
Rating: *****

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