Author Tom Rachman earned prodigy-like status with his first novel, The Imperfectionists, which examined the inner workings of an international newspaper’s newsroom and its inhabitants through a series of vignettes. Each chapter delves deeply into the life of a different employee and offers windows into the workplace and humankind, paralleling its subject’s mandate to "report on the idiocy and the brilliance of the species." Replete with all characters one could imagine in a newsroom—the crotchety old news editor with a secret soft side, to the green-behind-the-ears intern trying to hack it as a reporter, The Imperfectionists paints an endearingly complex picture of humanity against a poignant backdrop of the failing newspaper industry.
*Tom Rachman will be in conversation with Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times tonight at 7 pm at the Mark Taper Auditorium
Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists