Rumor Has It

Rumor Has It

by Charles Dickinson
     
 

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A witness to a hit-and-run accident involving a child, newsman Danny Fain pursues what he is certain is a hit story, even after he returns to the newsroom and discovers that the paper is folding and he is out of a job.

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A witness to a hit-and-run accident involving a child, newsman Danny Fain pursues what he is certain is a hit story, even after he returns to the newsroom and discovers that the paper is folding and he is out of a job.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Along with his colleagues, associate metro editor Danny Fain of the Chicago Bugle learns at a hurriedly called staff meeting that the mismanaged, mediocre tabloid will be shut down in two weeks, the victim of a circulation battle with its competitor, the Quill . During the day traversed in Dickinson's ( The Widow's Adventures ) fourth novel, office morale plummets while Danny tries to keep his department functioning despite the burden of defections and betrayals. At first it appears that Danny may retain some measure of dignity--even an improved resume. Toward late afternoon, however, as various interested parties maneuver, a promising story he's following backfires. Danny finds himself becoming the fall guy for the paper's failure, and sees his reputation and integrity destroyed (to say nothing of his severance bonus). Dickinson's contiguous ``morn to midnight'' treatment is without chapter divisions (as befits an account of a newsroom melee) and has all the strenuous unity of a stage play. There is nothing broad or overwrought in either satirical vision or characterization, as the author meditates on how currents of morality and convenience may move within any organization. More topical, comical and widely accessible than Dickinson's earlier work, the novel may also be less subtle--but is immediately engaging nonetheless. (Jan.)
Library Journal
On Halloween morning, Danny Fain sees from his commuter train a child in a ghost costume hit by a car. Fain, an editor for The Bugle , Chicago's second newspaper, assigns a reporter to try to find the child and a story. At the office it is announced that the paper is closing down. Meanwhile they're still publishing, and the staff is scrambling for stories, alternatives, and new jobs. Reporter Tim Penn finds the child and gets a job from a TV station in exchange for an exclusive. There is a labor dispute in the press room, tempers flare, people are attacked, and Fain is torn between loyalty to the paper and his own salvation. When TV attacks Fain for not reporting the accident to the police, his resignation is demanded. The pace in the novel is absolutely jet speed. Dialog is bright and lively, and the commentary on the media is stunning. A first- rate novel.-- Robert H. Donahugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062387837
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2015
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
406 KB

Meet the Author

With seven highly acclaimed books to his credit, Charles Dickinson takes American fiction back to the complexity of modern life and love with his characteristically incisive irony and humor. Critics have compared him to such masters as Margaret Atwood, Ann Tyler, Michael Crichton and Raymond Carver.

His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire and The Atlantic, among others, and two stories, "Risk" and "Child in the Leaves," were included in O. Henry collections. He has received generous praise for his novels, Waltz in Marathon, Crows, The Widows’ Adventures, Rumor Has It, A Shortcut in Time, and its sequel, A Family in Time, and his collection of stories, With or Without.

Born in Detroit, Dickinson lives near Chicago with his wife.

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