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Tom Rachman’s <i>The Imperfectionists</i>

Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists

Angela Meyer March 31, 2010

Text Publishing 2010 9781921656033 (Aus, US) Kathleen Solson, the editor-in-chief of an international newspaper based in Rome, suspects her husband is having an affair. Solson has always ranked people by ‘intelligence’, her ex notes. Maybe she is calculating. Maybe she needs attention. In Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists we are given a glimpse of Solson’s life, as […]

Eleanor Catton’s <i>The Rehearsal</i>

Eleanor Catton’s The Rehearsal

Angela Meyer February 2, 2010 3 Comments

Granta 2009 (Aus/NZ, US) 9781847081162 All the world’s a stage… A novel as a performance, more – a novel as flirtation (the performance of flirting): self-conscious, inviting yet exclusive. The reader is all the roles, all the characters and all the actors – for in The Rehearsal there are layers of fictional existence – blended, […]

<i>Things We Didn’t See Coming</i> by Steven Amsterdam

Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam

Angela Meyer March 4, 2009 8 Comments

Sleepers Publishing, 9781740667012, 2009 (Aus, US) Things We Didn’t See Coming is a series of vignettes, from different stages of the unnamed protagonist’s life in a dystopian alterno-present/future. It is a post-apocalyptic story, but told in a hard-boiled, yet highly resonant literary style. The sentences are sharp, the character is hard and the environment is […]