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Why We Came to the City

Book jacket design for Kristopher Jansma’s Why We Came to the City

  Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize , Longlist   Junior Library Guild Selection   “A beautiful, sprawling and generous book […] a heartfelt novel, tender and painful and cathartic all at once.” —Michael Schaub,   NPR Books    “Astonishing […] Why We Came to the City is amazing.” —Kit Reed,   The Miami Herald    ” Why We Came to the City  is a tremendous accomplishment: an elegant and deeply moving meditation on friendship and mortality, both fearless and finely wrought. I believe this book will stay with me for a very long time.“—Emily St. John Mandel, author of   Station Eleven    “Compelling… searing… Tightly-written, smartly conceived.“—  Publisher’s Weekly    “…a love letter to Manhattan.” – Helen Ellis,   The New York Times    “Enticing… Much like a modern Great Gatsby, this book is awash in the feeling of the city.” —Melissa Ragsdale,   Bustle    “Fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s stream-of-consciousness narratives will enjoy Jansma’s paean to New York City.”— In Style   “Joyful and tragic, Jansma’s book will appeal to readers who loved Hanya Yanagihara’s  A Little Life. ”— Men’s Journal    Click for more on the French translation by Sophie Troff,  New York Odyssée

Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, Longlist

Junior Library Guild Selection

“A beautiful, sprawling and generous book […] a heartfelt novel, tender and painful and cathartic all at once.” —Michael Schaub, NPR Books

“Astonishing […] Why We Came to the City is amazing.” —Kit Reed, The Miami Herald

Why We Came to the City is a tremendous accomplishment: an elegant and deeply moving meditation on friendship and mortality, both fearless and finely wrought. I believe this book will stay with me for a very long time.“—Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

“Compelling… searing… Tightly-written, smartly conceived.“—Publisher’s Weekly

“…a love letter to Manhattan.” – Helen Ellis, The New York Times

“Enticing… Much like a modern Great Gatsby, this book is awash in the feeling of the city.” —Melissa Ragsdale, Bustle

“Fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s stream-of-consciousness narratives will enjoy Jansma’s paean to New York City.”—In Style

“Joyful and tragic, Jansma’s book will appeal to readers who loved Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life.”—Men’s Journal

Click for more on the French translation by Sophie Troff, New York Odyssée