This weekend I will be reading The Unchanging Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma (March 21, Viking Books – Penguin). It’s described as the story of a young man who is trying to become a writer, and it was recommended by a friend whose taste I trust. I’m not usually much of a cover girl but I like how the title ties in with the “spots”, which upon closer examination are different colored typewriter keys.
Publisher’s description: 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.
You can also check out an interview with Kristopher Jansma.
I have one finished copy to giveaway to a reader with a US address. If you’re interested in receiving the book, please fill out this brief form. I will pick a winner at random on Friday, March 8.
Also, congrats to Jamie. You’ve won a copy of The Little Russian by Susan Sherman.