The Imperfectionists: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)

The Imperfectionists - Tom Rachman Beautiful.Each chapter is a stand-alone story devoted to a character connected to/working at a newspaper in Rome, and, at the end of each chapter, there is a piece of the story of the inception/development of the paper over time. The history-pieces are presented in italics, which I didn't like. I find italic sections easy to skim and dismiss.I hated parting with each character at the end of his or her respective chapter, although my pain was mitigated by the fact that they all re-appear as the supporting cast of their colleague's stories. In spite of the brevity of each, the stories are compelling and the characters whole, inspiring genuine moments of "Oh, no, how could she??" and "But what's he going to do now??" and "I knew it! That bastard."