The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
An 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. Read More »
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From as early as he can remember, the hopelessly unreliable—yet hopelessly earnest—narrator 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 Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad with its elegantly constructed exploration of the stories we tell to find out who we really are.
“The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is absolutely obsessed with itself, and it won't stop until you love it, too. Its characters hit far too close to home to make a reading experience completely comfortable. It's distressingly entertaining, and irresistible in most ways. It was sort of like the first time I tried soda. I would recommend it to anyone.”
— Ian Walters, Diesel Bookstore, Oakland, CA
|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.|