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5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant!, July 4 2010
To a casual reader, this surprisingly successful debut may come across as a series of well written stories about a set of broken characters working for a failing paper; but Rachman's brilliance shines through this complex work in a number of impressive ways, not the least of which is his ability to make you sympathize - even emphathize with people who you might normally prefer to avoid. As other reviewers have noted, this talent is difficult to figure, especially on such a scale (this seems to happen repeatedly throughout the book) but it is a stroke of brilliance. Both through the structure of the book, and through the excellent writing, one comes to understand that although each of the characters is broken in some way, they are all human. I can think of few who have accomplished such a task so seamlessly and so well. It is the ideal combination of subtlety and force. I sincerely hope that it is the first of many.