Tom Rachman

Basket of Deplorables (Riverrun)

What is your favourite short story from the book?

“The title story — set at a Manhattan party of literati and hipsters watching in horror as Trump-Clinton election results come in — is probably among my favourites in the book. I wrote it while still in a state of shock myself at the outcome, and this tale (as with the whole collection) is my literary version of clasping my head in my hands whilst stifling a howl.” – Tom Rachman

What the Critics say?

“Rachman’s masterful collection provides an early literary look at Trump-era America … Slick, entertaining hot takes from a former journalist sacrifice nothing in sophistication despite their speedy turnaround … Superbly choreographed … These bang-up-to-the-minute stories feel like essential reading as we get to grips with a bizarre new era ” – The Guardian

“Inventive and amusing …. Irresistible, like a blend of Roald Dahl’s short fiction, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series and David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men …  Once today’s news has become tomorrow’s online archive, this will be the one still worth reading.” – Times Literary Supplement

Buy Basket of Deplorables here

Born in London and raised in Vancouver, Tom Rachman was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press stationed in Rome, then an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He is the author of three novels, the international bestseller The Imperfectionists (Riverrun, 2010); The Rise and Fall of Great Powers (Sceptre, 2014); and The Italian Teacher (Riverrun, 2018) as well as a short story collection Basket of Deplorables (Riverrun, 2017). He lives in London.

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