The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
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There are flashes of J.D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield’s irreverence and touches of Hunter Thompson’s zaniness in this entertaining and complex first novel, which reads more like a collection of connected short stories than a fluidly flowing novel.
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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 the author of Why We Came to the City

As early as he can remember, the narrator of this remarkable novel has wanted to become a writer. From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma’s hopelessly unreliable—yet hopelessly earnest—narrator will be haunted by the success of his greatest friend and literary rival, the brilliant Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. A profound exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling, this delightful picaresque tale heralds Jansma as a bold, new American voice.


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About Kristopher Jansma

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KRISTOPHER JANSMA is a lecturer at Manhattanville College and SUNY Purchase and writes a monthly column for Electric Literature's blog The Outlet. He was selected as a finalist for BOMB Magazine's 2011 fiction contest, and his work has appeared in the Blue Mesa Review. He lives with his wife in New York City.
 
Published March 21, 2013 by Penguin Books. 273 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Mar 26 2013

...The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is mainly a book about writing — which may appeal most to literati. It is filled with clever literary allusions and insider jokes...

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Reviewed by Corinna Lothar on Apr 26 2013

There are flashes of J.D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield’s irreverence and touches of Hunter Thompson’s zaniness in this entertaining and complex first novel, which reads more like a collection of connected short stories than a fluidly flowing novel.

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