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July 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Quest for a past – Tom Rachman’s ‘The Rise & Fall of Great Powers’

 

"The Rise & Fall of Great Powers" by Tom Rachman

“The Rise & Fall of Great Powers” by Tom Rachman

Tom Rachman’s debut novel “The Imperfectionists” was a worldwide hit. The story of a dying newspaper in Rome and its staff, a band of eccentrics who cling to their journalistic life raft as it heads straight towards the bottom, “The Imperfectionists”  won the hearts of millions with its mordant wit and its unabashed affection for newspapers and the way they were.

He’s back with his second novel, “The Rise & Fall of Great Powers.” It’s about Tooly, a woman with a past so strange she sets off on a quest to unravel the mystery. There’s a charming Welsh bookstore in the mix – Rachman appears to love books as much as he does newspapers.

Rachman discusses “The Rise & Fall of Great Powers” tonight on “Well Read,” the books and authors interview program on state public affairs network TVW. It airs at 7 and 10 p.m.

Or you can watch it here:

For more information, here’s the Seattle Times review.

 

 

 

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