Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday--New Fiction


The Waiting on Wednesday concept is a weekly feature of the Breaking the Spine blog.  It's a great way to share information about a forthcoming title that is on my radar screen with other readers.

Today's anticipated book is:
  The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards: A Novel
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
by Kristopher Jansma
Publication Date: March 21, 2013
Publisher: Viking Press
Preorder now from online and bricks and mortar bookstores

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.

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.

My thoughts:  There is a lot of early buzz for this debut novel by a regular contributor to the Electric Literature's blog, The Outlet. I have seen an advanced reader copy of the novel, and based on reading the first 100 pages, I find the author's introductory chapters and style inventive and refreshing.  I'm calling it a must read for spring.


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