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Books | By Frances Wilson

Oldie Novel of the Month: Basket of Deplorables: (Almost) True Stories by Tom Rachman

Hillary Clinton described Trump supporters as a ‘basket of deplorables’, and Tom Rachman spins from her phrase a neat web of morality tales about dating, faking and going online in post-truth America. The book begins on election night in a Manhattan apartment, where Roger and Georgie, expecting a victory for Hillary, are hosting one of their famous parties. Roger is a swanky publisher and Georgie a former celebrity photographer, whose collection of images, Vicious People Doing Stupid Things, was given a preface by Gore Vidal. Having recently lost her sight in an accident, it is Georgie, sitting alone on the sofa, who narrates the events of the evening, her blindness providing Rachman with the perfect excuse to exploit his ear for voices. ‘What I don’t get about chiropractors, osteopaths and physios is how they interface, you know?’ roars one guest. ‘If I may mansplain...’ steps in another, a middle-aged comedian who...

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