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The Transcriptionist

A Novel

By Amy Rowland, 1969-

“A haunting and provocative novel about the mysteries of life and a death, the written word, things seen and unseen, heard and forgotten. Amy 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 and the ease of communication 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 a woman 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.

“A strange, mesmerizing novel about language, isolation, ethics, technology, and the lack of trust between institutions and the people they purportedly serve . . . A fine debut 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 . . . Recommended for fans of literary fiction.” —Library Journal

“Rowland’s farcical approach . . . is balanced by the novel’s realistic insights into journalistic integrity, the evolution of contemporary newspaper publishing, and, more broadly, the importance of genuine communication.” —Publishers Weekly

“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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The transcriptionist : a novel

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2014

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Format: Book
Author: Rowland, Amy, 1969-
Title: The transcriptionist : a novel / Amy Rowland.
Publisher Date: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Subject: Women journalists -- New York -- New York City -- Fiction. Lion attacks -- Fiction. Alienation (Social psychology) -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781616202545 1616202548
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Rowland
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Bib Id: 524155

Format: Book
Author: Rowland, Amy, 1969-
Title: The transcriptionist : a novel / Amy Rowland.
Edition: First Edition.
Publisher, Date: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Description: 246 pages ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Women journalists -- New York -- New York City -- Fiction.
Subjects: Lion attacks -- Fiction.
Subjects: Alienation (Social psychology) -- Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
LCCN: 2013044719
ISBN: 9781616202545
ISBN: 1616202548
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Rowland