Could it possibly be a typo for the band "The ROMANTICS?"
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Don't you just love the book?? I couldn't put it down after I got it right before Christmas. I laughed out loud at several points in the convoluted story, and ended up in tears and one point too. Not often a book can have this great an effect on me. I gave it to two sisters and my mother for Christmas and so far all love it.
Haven't ever heard of the Nomatics and thought it was just a gag on his part. He makes fun of so much!
I think Jonathan Franzen made a joke! I felt onto it like you did. Now there was a concert in a church from a band called nomatics. But I think this band was founded after the name in the book. After all, it would had been a good name for a band from the 80's.
This is absolutely no misspell! Good old Jonathan wants to tease us.
Pirate, from Germany