> The Things You Can Read: Review in Miniature: The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review in Miniature: The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

After reading the following blurb, “A stunning novel told with the same gravity as Nicole Krauss’s History of Love,” I had to read this book. What book might that be? Why, The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland, of course.

Let me start by stating that I love books set in New York City. Authors who can make the city a character are truly gifted, which this author obviously is. I also love books about certain industries, in this case, the news biz. Enter Lena’s world and discover a very different kind of novel. From a chance encounter with a blind woman who has a fascination with lions to wonderful quotes that seem to foreshadow so much that is yet to come, watch how Rowland creates a world that is full of similarities and contrasts for these two women.

If you like novels that are different and make you think then this is a read for you. In a nutshell, what the novel boils down to is the discovery of one’s true self, “Listening doesn't make us disappear. It just helps us recognize our absurdity, our humanity.” - The Transcriptionist

Simply said this is one beautiful debut novel.

Thank you Net Galley and Algonquin Books for the review copy of The Transcriptionist. As always I continue to count on Algonquin to publish quality works of fiction and The Transcriptionist is just another example of the discerning choices this publishing house makes.

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