Mar 29, 12
Read in March, 2012
I cannot praise this novel enough, nor warn the reader adequately. What Rachman manages in this collection of interweaving tales is both brilliant and heartbreaking. I can think of few other first time authors that so clearly use their voice in as strong a way and I can honestly say that I paced this novel out, reading a chapter at a time and savoring each tale.
The book is essentially the story of a newspaper and the people that work there. By focusing on a different main character in each chapter, the book is almost a collection of short stories that weave together to create the larger narrative.
I am judicious when giving books such high marks it may be because I was in need of something good - a story told well be a storyteller, but this pulled me in and kept me hooked. For me, it earned each and every star, and I look forward to seeing what this author has in store for us later.
This all in mind, I want to stress again that these stories make you really care about the characters (in some cases I found my self more engaged by a character in a single chapter than characters I read about for hundred of pages in other books), and when sadness or despair embraces them, you will feel just as affected.
Still, every page is worth it!