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The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

The Imperfectionists refers to the staff of a foundering English-language newspaper based in Rome. Founded by a millionaire in 1953, its current publisher is his inept and clueless grandson. Each chapter in the novel carries a headline and revolves around one of the people who work at the paper. Arthur writes the obituaries, but he avoids as much work as possible and likes to skip out unseen. Abby is the financial officer who hates talking to people on planes and finds herself on a transatlantic flight sitting next to a man she'd just laid off. Lloyd is the paper's Paris correspondent who struggles to write articles as his halcyon days have passed. Copy editor Ruby struggles for any type of human contact. Tom Rachman's debut novel has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Mr. Rachman, a former journalist, knows and loves the myopia of his old profession, the gallows humor of its practitioners and the precariousness of the business to which they devote their lives. Armed with this knowledge and somehow free of the fashionable diffidence that too often plagues fiction about the workplace, he has written a rich, thrilling book that is both love letter to and epitaph for the newspaper world."
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