Set in Rome, The Imperfectionists is a novel told in linked stories about the private lives of the reporters, editors and executives at an international English-language newspaper as they struggle to keep their publication—and themselves—afloat. Kathleen, the tough editor-in-chief, experiments with betrayal in her open marriage. Arthur, the lazy obituary writer, is transformed by a tragedy at home. And Abbey, the besieged financial officer, finds that her job cuts and her love life are intertwined in unexpected ways. Out in the field, the veteran Paris reporter goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while an inexperienced new Mideast stringer is seeking terrorists to interview. In the shadows is the isolated young publisher whose actions may determine the future of every employee at the paper. The Imperfectionists touches on the decline of newspapers and the rise of technology, but above all it is about these characters and their peculiar stories.
Last week I read Tom Rachman’s debut novel, , which came to me highly recommended via several of the book blogs I follow and numerous articles on the “best summer reads.” The Imperfectionists is about the life of a Rome-based English-language newspaper, and the lives of the panoply of ex-pats and wanderers who founded, work(ed) for, or read the paper.
The imperfectionists - What’s it like to work on a famous old international newspaper? an intellectual challenge? an adrenaline rush? fun, even? few of the journalists assembled in tom rachman’s debut novel the imperfectionists would agree. for the most part, they hate their.