The Imposters by Tom Rachman
6/27/23; 352 pages
Little, Brown and Company
The Imposters by Tom Rachman is a recommended literary novel told in stories.
Dora Frenhofer is an aging author with a failing memory. She wants to finish one more novel but she also knows her mind is going. It's the pandemic, she's in lock down and writing chapters about characters who are based on interesting individuals from her life. She invents stories that are likely based on her real life. Taken together, the stories the individuals chapter tell work together to create a whole picture.
This novel may, perhaps, not be one that everyone will generality
enjoy. Many will appreciate the skillful, elegant writing but not
everyone is going to like the literary device where the individual
stories make up the totality of the novel. There were parts of the novel
that I enjoyed very much, but not the entirety.
Normally, I appreciate character studies and novels that focus on
character development, however, I felt very disconnected from this
novel. I found it very difficult to immerse myself in the stories and
care about the overall theme. What is clearly present is a depressing