HUMPHREY - The Salt Lake Tribune News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us (Webmaster) An astute waif hopscotching through time <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="">An astute waif hopscotching through time</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Janet Maslin</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-13T17:23:01.987-06:00">Updated Jun 13, 2014 05:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Tom Rachman’s ingenious second novel, “The Rise and Fall of Great Powers,” is harder to describe than “The Imperfectionists,” his sensational first. So here is some sample dialogue, by way of introduction. Humphrey, an older man with a heavy Russian accent, is explaining Russian history to Tooly, an eager 10-year-old girl who will grow up to become the book’s tough, quick-witted main character and the most important person in Humphrey’s life. “There is long tradition,” Humphrey begins. “First, w...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href=""> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:23:01 MDT