Basket of Deplorables
by Tom Rachman (read by various)
Basket of Deplorables by acclaimed American writer Tom Rachman (The Imperfectionists ) was written as an audiobook. It begins: “You can’t see me right now. Then again, I can’t see you either.” These words are thought by Georgina Peet in one of five stories about Trump’s America: the title is a Hillary Clinton quote referencing Trump supporters. Georgina recounts a ritzy election-night party thrown by her slimy husband. An accident the year before robbed Georgina of her sight but lends her sardonic wit. “Truth is for Losers” has a great opening. Hearing his unpleasant brother has died, Glen comments, “which is such great news with everything going on in the world lately”. Other stories interrogate America’s relationship with outsiders. The tone is humorous and pointed, and the plotting contrived but elegant.