Friday Reads: The Imperfectionists

Did you ever have one of those books in the “to read” pile for a so long, then read it and wonder what took you so long? The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman is one of those books. It’s set in Rome, and follows the lives of colleagues at a second-tier English language newspaper. Each chapter focuses on one character, and as the story unfolds, we see how they’re connected to each other, need each other, want to kill each other and work together at a paper that’s fighting to stay afloat.

I’m a few pages from the end, and I’ve really enjoyed hanging out with the characters. They’re captivating and likable, despite their misanthropic tendencies and detachment.

19 Comments

  1. Susan
    June 15, 2012

    I love when stories unfold like that!

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  2. marni
    June 15, 2012

    i finished reading this book a few months ago. i love how each chapter is a story in itself yet they are all intertwined. great book for the beach!

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  3. Lindsey
    June 15, 2012

    So funny, I bought that at the Philly airport for my trip to California but it’s C that ended up reading it!When he’s finished, it’s next on my list!

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  4. Helen Tilston
    June 15, 2012

    I love book like that. I always feel rich which I have a stash of unread material.

    Helenxx

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  5. Anna Saikin
    June 15, 2012

    I read this book in three days—it is amazing and so much more than the book copy describes. It’s one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year.

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  6. abby
    June 15, 2012

    YEAH! i don’t like it when that happens! I’m glad that you found a good book to read though. That’s always fun!

    have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Keri
    June 15, 2012

    Sounds enjoyably complex. I’ll add it to my list. Happy Weekend!

    Keri

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  8. Keri
    June 15, 2012

    p.s. I ordered Paris in Color today. Very excited for it to come in!

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  9. Tonya
    June 15, 2012

    I read it last year. The last chapter broke my heart. That is all.

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  10. Lara
    June 17, 2012

    I read it last year, and really enjoyed it, but I didn’t like how the author ended it–it was quite a let down from an otherwise quite engaging book.

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  11. Amelia
    June 17, 2012

    Oooh this sounds really good, must get it. That happened to me with “A visit from the Goon Squad”, what took me so long?

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  12. CitricSugar
    June 19, 2012

    Looks good based on the cover! ;-)

    Thanks for the recommendation. I felt that way after The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I’d been scared of it for years but when I sat down and read it, I loved it and scolded myself for being needlessly intimidated…

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  13. Susanna
    June 19, 2012

    Sounds a good book! I wish they have it in my language (in Finnish) :)
    Your blog is awesome by the way!

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  14. Deanna P.
    June 20, 2012

    Saw your post about the book and was intrigued. Ordered it and received it today…will be a good hanging out by the pool, with a glass of iced tea read!

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  15. vicki archer
    June 20, 2012

    It sounds like one for my summer basket… I can’t wait to have the time to luxuriate in reading… Thank you for the suggestion… it sounds fab… xv

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  16. Anna
    June 21, 2012

    Ah, a good book recommendation. One of my most favorite things! And as we just returned from Rome, I’m even more intrigued. Grazie!

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  17. Carmelina Lounsbury
    June 27, 2012

    Yes, I do that all the time. Pick up a stack of books either from Chapters or the local library…set them aside and stare at them…..for some time before digging in.

    This sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

    Also…I just finished watching your ETSY interview….you did such a fantastic job…congratulations on all of your success!

    ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina

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  18. Sheena S.
    July 5, 2012

    A fantastic book that I, too, waited too long to read.

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  19. California Girl
    July 6, 2012

    Thanks for the tip. I’m always looking for a good read. Speaking of which, how are your book sales doing?

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