The Imperfectionists

By Tom Rachman
The Dial Press (

“The family fears he is gay. They don’t like gays. Or Communists.” Confirmed bachelor Oliver Ott is just one of 11 characters—maybe not even the most eccentric—who gets a whole chapter devoted to him in this first-rate novel set at a fictional English-language newspaper in Rome. Is Oliver gay? That’s left to the reader, but what I can say is the book is a marvelously structured, lovingly rendered epitaph to newspaper journalism as it used to be. —Review: Donalevan Maines


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