After reading “The Imperfectionists,” which is less a novel, than a series of linked stories, I came away feeling renewed after slogging my way through Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom.” Tom Rachman’s book is so full of extraordinary characters, that you miss them in their too short lives on the page. I won’t go into every character, but a favorite of mine is a 56-year-old mother who has been abused by her husband for so many years, she loses track of reality and time, reading each issue of the newspaper at the center of the novel, in a sort of regressive state after a devastating incident. It’s a powerful story within a book that teems with life on every page. It’s available on Amazon Kindle for $5, which is an incredible deal. Buy it.