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Basket of Deplorables

Basket of Deplorables

Tom Rachman

  • awardLonglisted, ABDA Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover: Josh Durham, Design by Committee, 2018
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    Almost true stories for a post-truth world.

    A Manhattan party on election night. Liberal media types gather with big grins and high-end canapés to watch the Trump-Clinton results come in, expecting a smooth victory for Hillary. As the outcome shifts and they descend into panic, the host stands abruptly before her guests, confessing a shocking crime of years before.

    What follows is a series of witty, cutting, addictive tales of Trump times, portraying Democrats and Republicans in a divided America, from powerful to powerless, angry to thwarted, from a Starbucks barista who dreams of making it onstage, to a couple whose online date goes bitterly awry, to a charmingly wicked US businessman living undercover in rural Italy.

    Basket of Deplorables is a timely take on the craziness of today: almost-true fiction for a post-truth world.


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    Tom Rachman
    About the Author

    Tom Rachman was born in 1974 in London, and grew up in Vancouver. He has worked as an editor at the foreign desk of The Associated Press in New York, as an AP correspondent in Rome and as an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Rachman now lives in London. The Imperfectionists was longlisted for the The Giller Prize, and Rachman’...

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    Praise for Tom Rachman
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    ‘When a Tom Rachman novel lands in the bookstores I stop living and breathing to devour it. It’s hard to think of anyone who has a better grasp on the world we live in (and I mean, like, the entire planet) and can write about it with such entertainment and panache.’

    ‘This acutely funny novel shows the great powers in our lives are often those closest to home.’

    ‘I’m still reeling from this powerful and provocative novel…[it] offers a gruelling assessment of humanity, mercifully tempered by some angels in disguise.’

    ‘This book is hilariously funny and blackly despairing, often at the same time.’ 

    ‘A darkly funny and timely collection, though hopefully not too topical…Basket of Deplorables should appeal to those readers who don’t mind their fiction infused with a dash of politics, not to mention fans of shows like Veep and Black Mirror.’

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    • Basket of Deplorables
      ISBN: 9781925626216
      28 August 2017
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