This is a great novel and one that friends will definitely enjoy. It follows several employees at an English language international newspaper in Italy.
I noticed a friend reading it at a coffee shop - which would make a perfect ad for this book, except then I borrowed it from my friend instead of purchasing it, so maybe not a perfect ad.
I hate spoilers so I don't want to say too much more. Basically if you are a fan of history, travel, sadness, jokes, and sex, then you will probably enjoy this. I read A Visit From the Goon Squad right after The Imperfectionists and the two books are actually very similar. I felt like I was taking a seminar on short story narratives about disintegrating trades. AVFTGS is about the dying music industry and The Imperfectionists is about the dying newspaper industry. Everything we love is ending!