Top positive review
on 13 July 2014
Rose works as a police typist and as the title suggests, she meets the Odalie, the eponymous other typist, when she begins working at the precinct. Set during Prohibition, I thought this sounded like an interesting jazz age novel. Naturally anything set in this period is compared to Fitzgerald but this novel, to my mind has little in common with his work. The vague overtures of a crime novel and the experimentation with an unreliable narrator meant that I enjoyed The Other Typist for different reasons than I was expecting. If you enjoy novels that have a definitively unreliable narrator - I'm not ruining anything for you, we're told early on that Rose is writing the story out at the suggestion of her doctor. If you like trying to experience the novel from the narrator's perspective but also from what she doesn't see or say, then I think you will enjoy this. Unfortunately, I felt it lost its way towards the end and I felt the ending was hugely heavy-handed yet noncommittal. Worth a read.