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The Imperfectionists

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By Tom Rachman
The Dial Press (www.dialpress.com)

“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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