I didn't like any of the characters in this book. I enjoy quirky people, but these folks were mostly downright unhappy and dysfuntional because of who they were. I read and heard favorable reviews so I had high expectations which sadly were not met.
This book could be condensed to a bumper sticker ... life's a bitch and then you die. While it is well-written and the newspaper background is somewhat interesting, the characters tend to be pathetic and the book moves plotlessly along at a snail's pace.
If you have read good fiction, you will quikly reject this - it is full of clichés and weak characters and situations. At times, it sounds like a student's essay (in a bad way). Steer clear.
Although well written, this book is tedious. I just didn't care about the characters. I always finish a book but it was a struggle with this one. Fortunately it was short.
This book of intertwining stories about the staff of an international newspaper is well-written with interesting characters. Unfortunately, every single story is a downer. It got to be predictable. It was like the author kept trying to outdo himself in the ways he could make the characters miserable. The book would have fared better with a couple of happy stories thrown in.