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    A nostalgic look at current times

    There's a quirky cast of journalists and other newsroom workers. One man is devoted to preserving the files of obituaries, not mere death notices, but the paeans to the news makers, most written years in advance, in anticipation of death, as if only death gives life newsworthy meaning. This is a loving and tender novel, that evokes the sepia tones of a bygone era, even while it's set in this century. You learn things about humanity from a newspaper, but very little about individuals. Thanks to social media we now know everything about individuals but this data rarely coalesces into anything bigger than itself. The Transcriptionist gently reminds the reader to see the forest, see the trees.

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