The setting for The Imperfectionists is an English language newspaper in Rome; the story focuses on those who keep it running: the obituary writer, corrections editor, editor-in-chief, the stringer in Cairo, the copy editor, etc.
Although labeled a novel, the chapters read like short stories – each chapter focuses on one character with interspersed brief chapters about the newspaper itself and its hands-off owner publisher.
Many reviewers are giving high praise to this first novel by Tom Rachman. Some of the chapters / stories are a bit inconclusive for my taste, but it led to a spirited discussion with my book group. Most of us liked it, some more than others, of course, but that’s what makes for a good discussion.