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.