Tom Rachman: "The Rise & Fall of Great Powers"

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Tom Rachman: "The Rise & Fall of Great Powers"

A new novel by the author of "The Imperfectionists" tells the story of a woman who searches from Bangkok to Brooklyn to discover the long-buried secrets of her childhood. In the process, she learns how to make her own place in the world. Guest host Susan Page talks with journalist-turned-novelist Tom Rachman about his latest work of fiction.

Tom Rachman’s first novel "The Impressionists" earned glowing reviews and topped bestseller lists. It drew on Rachman’s experience as a journalist in Rome, tracking the ambitions and disappointments of a newspaper bureau in Italy. His new novel titled “The Rise and Fall of Great Powers” has a similar international appeal. It opens on Tooly Zylerberg’s rural Welsh bookshop. During the course of the novel the ex-pat American with no obvious family ties travels the world seeking answers to questions about her past that have haunted her for years. Guest host Susan Page talks with journalist-turned-novelist Tom Rachman about his latest work of fiction.

Guests

Tom Rachman

author of "The Imperfectionists"

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Excerpted from THE RISE & FALL OF GREAT POWERS by Tom Rachman. Copyright © 2014 by Tom Rachman. Excerpted by permission of Random House. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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