If you liked Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (and a lot of people did, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize judges), you may like another book of loosely connected stories, The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. This is the first novel by the author, who is also a journalist. What links all the stories and characters is an English-language newspaper in Rome; the stories span the decades of the newspaper’s rise and fall.
Like Olive Kitteridge, The Imperfectionists isn’t a feel-good book, although there are funny parts. Journalism, like librarianship, is changing rapidly with the rise of the Internet and digital media. The Imperfectionists is a glimpse into the career of journalism as it used to be. A sense of loss and regret pervades many of the stories, but, most of the time. it’s human nature to recover and adapt.
Read The Washington Post‘s review of The Imperfectionists.
Check the Old Colony Library Network for The Imperfectionists.