The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
By Kristopher Jansma
(Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670026005, 254pp.)
Publication Date: March 21, 2013
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"F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson" (The Village Voice) in this inventive and witty debut about a young man’s quest to become a writer and the misadventures in life and love that take him around the globe
From as early as he can remember, the hopelessly unreliableyet hopelessly earnestnarrator of this ambitious debut novel has wanted to become a writer.
From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma’s irresistible narrator will be inspired and haunted by the success of his greatest friend and rival in writing, the eccentric and brilliantly talented Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Julian’s enchanting friend, Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. After the trio has a disastrous falling out, desperate to tell the truth in his writing and to figure out who he really is, Jansma’s narrator finds himself caught in a never-ending web of lies.
As much a story about a young man and his friends trying to make their way in the world as a profoundly affecting exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards will appeal to readers of Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists and Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prizewinning A Visit from the Goon Squad with its elegantly constructed exploration of the stories we tell to find out who we really are.
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Preface by: Allison Hiltz, founder of The Book Wheel website
Authors: Regina Calcaterra, Stephanie Carroll, Adria J. Cimino, Maureen Foley, Lizzie Harwood, J.J. Hensley, Kristopher Jansma, Vicki Lesage, Jenny Milchman, Piper Punches, Didier Quemener, Marissa Stapley, David Whitehouse, Paula Young Lee
Author proceeds from anthology sales will be donated to PAWS for Reading, a program that allows children to read aloud to a therapy dog (or cat, or bunny!) in order to improve reading and communication skills.