Allison Amend, the author of two novels and a collection of short stories, is interested in “people who are out of place for whatever reason.”
That’s a good description of Gabriel, a Spanish artist living in Paris and the protagonist of her new book, “A Nearly Perfect Copy.”
“He can’t fit in. He’s an expatriate, an artist who is talented but not successful. He’s not in full command of the language. He’s a little removed from what’s happening. He’s struggling,” the author said during a telephone interview from her home in New York’s West Village.