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The Transcriptionist
by Amy Rowland


Overview - "Haunting and provocative . . . Rowland's writing is compelling and masterful." --Delia Ephron, author of The Lion Is In

Once, there were many transcriptionists at the Record, a behemoth New York City newspaper, but new technology has put most of them out of work.
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Overview
"Haunting and provocative . . . Rowland's writing is compelling and masterful." --Delia Ephron, author of The Lion Is In

Once, there were many transcriptionists at the Record, a behemoth New York City newspaper, but new technology has put most of them out of work. So now Lena, the last transcriptionist, sits alone in a room--a human conduit, silently turning reporters' recorded stories into print--until the day she encounters a story so shocking that it shatters the reverie that has become her life.

This exquisite novel, written by an author who spent more than a decade as a transcriptionist at the New York Times, asks probing questions about journalism and ethics, about the decline of the newspaper and the failure of language. It is also the story of a woman's effort to establish her place in an increasingly alien and alienating world.

"The Transcriptionist is suffused with prescient insight into journalism, ethics, and alienation . . . A thought provoking, original work." --New York Journal of Books

"Rowland seems that rare thing, the naturally gifted novelist . . . She] deftly maps a very specific kind of urban loneliness, the inner ache of the intelligent, damaged soul who prefers the company of ideas and words to that of people . . . That urge--to make words holy--is at the heart of this novel's strange, sad beauty." --The Washington Post

"The Transcriptionist holds many pleasures . . . and] can be read through many lenses . . . Rowland plays with the notions of truth and reliability . . . Sharp and affecting." --The New York Times Book Review

"A strange, mesmerizing novel . . . about the decline of newspapers and the subsequent loss of humanity--and yes, these are related." --Booklist, starred review

"Ambitious and fascinating . . . Disturbing and powerful." --Library Journal

"Entering the city Rowland creates, with its tightly strung dialogue and soulful, lonely citizens, is a memorable experience." --The Boston Globe

"Unforgettable. Written with such delight, compassion, and humanity it's newsworthy."--Alex Gilvarry, author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616204501
  • ISBN-10: 1616204508
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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