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The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

Kristopher Jansma (Viking Penguin)



This is a novel about truth-telling, fiction and the ever-blurring line in between. The story follows an unnamed protagonist as he tries to best his university writing mate and best friend, Julian, who reaches the pinnacle of success with his modern "masterpiece." This is literary fiction in the most literal sense. An actively voyeuristic reading experience, one minute you're sitting in on a journalism lecture led by a fraud, and the next you're his sidekick as he impersonates his old friend and rival to get the dirt on him for an expository biography. Or you're lying to a girl you met on a train about who you are and what you believe. This book is about how far we're willing to go to tell a far we'll go to have one of our own. Throw in a love triangle and lyrical prose and you've got one of the best novels of the year.

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