The Transcriptionist

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Algonquin Books
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5.5 X 0.8 X 8.1 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Amy Rowland has spent more than a decade at the New York Times, where she worked, notably, as a transcriptionist before moving to the Book Review. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Smart Set, and the Utne Reader. She lives in New York City.


"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

"This haunting, beautiful book set me thinking and dreaming about language and personality. It proves that language can make us whole. The entire book tends towards liberation, and the end is so suggestive and life-affirming, though not a typical happy ending. It's something better, something the reader can carry back into life." --Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories

"If one had to name an antecedent for the strange, golden sheen that covers Amy Rowland's debut novel, possibly early John Cheever, with its dreamy imaginings of commuter intrigues, or beautifully cadenced, resonant verbal exchanges, would be closest. Entering the city Rowland creates, with its tightly strung dialogue and soulful, lonely citizens, is a memorable experience." --The Boston Globe

"A lively tale, light and enjoyable, about a sensitive, reflective and articulate soul in a fast-paced, often soulless world." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Rowland, a former transcriptionist for the New York Times, has written 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

"Sly and humane and with a delicate touch of surrealism, The Transcriptionist is a masterpiece." --Haven Kimmel, author of Iodine and A Girl Named Zippy

"What a laser-sharp eye Amy Rowland has! From her perch in the most out-of-the-way nook in the world's most powerful paper, her heroine seems to be able to take in the whole world. This first novel is wise, beautifully written, with just the right amount of wickedness." --James Magnuson, author of Famous Writers I Have Known

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

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