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The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

 "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.   2014 PEN/Hemingway Award,  Honorable Mention   Barnes & Noble Discover Pick    American Booksellers Association “Indie Next” Pick    ALA Notable Book    Prix de L’Inapperçu,  Finalist   Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction , Long List   Flaherty-Dunnan Prize,  Long List   Official Penguin Random House Reader’s Guide

"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.

2014 PEN/Hemingway Award, Honorable Mention

Barnes & Noble Discover Pick

American Booksellers Association “Indie Next” Pick

ALA Notable Book

Prix de L’Inapperçu, Finalist

Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, Long List

Flaherty-Dunnan Prize, Long List

Official Penguin Random House Reader’s Guide

 “One of the best books of the year.” -   Jeff Glor, CBS Author Talk    “…with wry humor and a steady hand […] The narrator’s games never fail to entertain, even if he is constantly changing the rules.“ -   The New Yorker    “It’s a breathless work that celebrates literary tradition, while making a strong case that its author belongs on the shelf besides his forebears.” -   Time Out NY    A “wildly recursive fun house of a novel […] there’s plenty to relish in this noteworthy debut.” -   NPR Books    “Playfully  weird…I’d call this book ‘postmodern,’ but that makes it sound like it’s not as pleasurable to read as it is.” –  Meg Wolitzer,    NPR.com’s  “Hidden Gems”    “…the most unreliable narrator to be found in recent fiction. […] This is really and truly a literary novel, about writing and writers, creativity and lies” –  The Toronto Star   "[A] work that feels both classic and novel, a winking shuffle through narrative tropes that mines each for all the good it contains. It is, in short, a fantastic read, hopefully only the first of many to come from Jansma." -   Maclean's    "...a clever, tightly paced novel of ever-upping stakes." -   Vogue    "Kristopher Jansma is sure to be one of 2013’s new literary heavyweights." -  Brooklyn Daily Eagle   "...a writer of extreme promise, who seems to belong to an older generation." -   Electric Literature's Recommended Reading    "[An] arresting debut [...] Jansma’s characters deftly explore the blurred lines between fact and fiction, discovering the shades of truth that lie in between." -     Publisher's Weekly    “Jansma performs a veritable circus act here[…] this canny, seductive, and utterly transfixing tale about the magic of storytelling and the misery of writing is told by an itinerant, chameleonic writer who calls himself Nobody. ” -   Booklist    "A writer to watch." -   Library Journal

“One of the best books of the year.” - Jeff Glor, CBS Author Talk

“…with wry humor and a steady hand […] The narrator’s games never fail to entertain, even if he is constantly changing the rules.“ - The New Yorker

“It’s a breathless work that celebrates literary tradition, while making a strong case that its author belongs on the shelf besides his forebears.” - Time Out NY

A “wildly recursive fun house of a novel […] there’s plenty to relish in this noteworthy debut.” - NPR Books

“Playfully weird…I’d call this book ‘postmodern,’ but that makes it sound like it’s not as pleasurable to read as it is.” – Meg Wolitzer, NPR.com’s “Hidden Gems”

“…the most unreliable narrator to be found in recent fiction. […] This is really and truly a literary novel, about writing and writers, creativity and lies” – The Toronto Star

"[A] work that feels both classic and novel, a winking shuffle through narrative tropes that mines each for all the good it contains. It is, in short, a fantastic read, hopefully only the first of many to come from Jansma." - Maclean's

"...a clever, tightly paced novel of ever-upping stakes." - Vogue

"Kristopher Jansma is sure to be one of 2013’s new literary heavyweights." - Brooklyn Daily Eagle

"...a writer of extreme promise, who seems to belong to an older generation." - Electric Literature's Recommended Reading

"[An] arresting debut [...] Jansma’s characters deftly explore the blurred lines between fact and fiction, discovering the shades of truth that lie in between." - Publisher's Weekly

“Jansma performs a veritable circus act here[…] this canny, seductive, and utterly transfixing tale about the magic of storytelling and the misery of writing is told by an itinerant, chameleonic writer who calls himself Nobody. ” - Booklist

"A writer to watch." - Library Journal

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