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.