BookBrowse Reviews The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

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The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

by Kristopher Jansma

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
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    Mar 2013, 272 pages
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    Feb 2014, 272 pages

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This inventive novel traces the evolving relationship between friends in a story that bears similarities to The Great Gatsby and The Talented Mr. Ripley

Kristopher Jansma's debut, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, is an entertaining work of metafiction that explores the boundaries between truth and fiction in storytelling.

Our narrator is a man who has wanted to be a writer since childhood. His determination is solidified in college when he meets the wealthy and talented writing student Julian McGann, and Julian's lifelong friend Evelyn. He develops a deep and lasting friendship with them, and Jansma recounts their interactions and growing reliance on each other using a series of interwoven stories to shed light on their relationships.

A main focus of the plot is the narrator's attempt to write just one perfect novel that will equal or surpass Julian's. Throughout Leopards readers are given pieces of this work-in-progress to peruse during various stages of the narrator's life. The story's setting is always different - sometimes ...

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