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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