The Transcriptionist: A Novel by Amy Rowland is a meditation on life and death, of both humans and the world of newspaper print.
The book follows around Lena, whose coworkers don’t even know her name. She is alone, and isolated, and is disappearing into a job that is, itself, disappearing. Then her life intersects with a woman who ends up feeding herself to a lion.
The book looks at what this life is, how we relate to one another, and what we all mean to each other. With nearly the same lense, it also looks at the print industry and what our modern world is doing to it.
It’s a wonderful meandering with a likable-enough character. It’s also a fairly quick read, and those with a background in journalism may appreciate Rowland’s perspective.