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Rachman, Tom (2010)  The Imperfectionists. Text Publishers.  An English-language newspaper headquartered in Rome brings together a strongly imagined cast of characters. Rachman, a former editor for the International Herald Tribune, paints the characters’ small dramas and private disappointments with humanity and humor.  A first novel this book reads more like connected short stories than a novel. Each chapter contains a mini drama focused on a particular character; the novel’s climax turns on the characters’ shared fate.

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