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Caleb Crain’s ‘Necessary Errors’ Explores 1990s Prague

Jacob Putnam is a sensitive young Harvard graduate burdened with literary aspirations. Having quit an advertising job in pursuit of artistic freedom, he’s traveled to Prague and become the archetypal innocent abroad.

The title of Caleb Crain’s debut novel, “Necessary Errors,” tells you plenty about what’s in store for Jacob as he and his expatriate friends navigate the economics of ambition, love and idealism against the backdrop of a country on the cusp of wrenching fiscal and social change.