Jul 13, 11
Read in May, 2011
A recent title that was well reviewed in the Best Books lists of 2010. Like several other recent novels( Christina Garcia's "Handbook to Luck" and Elizabeth Strout's "Olive Kittridge") the structure of "The Imperfectionists" uses multiple points of view so that each chapter can almost stand by itself as a short story or vignette. Gradually all the individual threads of the chapters come together. The multiplicity of characters all work for an expat newspaper headquartered in Rome, perhaps modeled on the the old New York Herald Tribune.They are all flawed but fascinating, with journalistic egos and entangled private lives. Alternately satirical and sad.