Praise for"Why We Came to the City"
Why did we come to the city, anyway?And why on earth would we ever leave?In Jansma's able hands, these are and are not metaphors. We came because we are more ourselves as part of a collective.We came to learn our limits.We came so that we might know when to leave.This is a lively, addictive party of a book, and you're invited."
Elisa Albert, author of "After Birth
""Like "A Little Life" and "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.," Jansma's "Why We Came to the City"shows us, with beauty and insight, what it's like to be young and smart in this time, and in this place. It's a major achievement."
Darin Strauss, author of"Half a Life" Praise for "The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards"
With wry humor and a steady hand . . . the narrator s games never fail to entertain, even if he is constantly changing the rules.
" The New Yorker"
F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson. . . . The novel strikes a chord on questions of authenticity, love, and ambition, and it reminds us that life is often out of our control, even if we re writing it down.
" The Village Voice"
A tricky picaresque thick with literary allusion from Fitzgerald to Amis . . . A clever, tightly paced novel of ever-upping stakes.
Couched in Jansma s wildly recursive funhouse of a novel is a coming-of-age story . . . filled with clever literary allusions and insider jokes. . . . There s plenty to relish in this noteworthy debut.
Heller McAlpin, NPR.org
Though one might recognize bits of Dickens, Fitzgerald, or Hemingway, this is simply a good case of stealing from geniuses. It s a breathless work that celebrates the literary tradition, while making a strong case that its author belongs on the shelf beside his forebears.
"Time Out New York" (5 stars)
A terrifically fun book that s a little bit Calvino, a little bit Jennifer Egan, and a little bit the inside of every young artist that ever was. Concerned with the nature of storytelling, art, fallacy, and f**king up, and told as only a witty wordsmith can, we re pretty sure it ll be one of your favorites.
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A canny, seductive, and utterly transfixing tale about the magic of storytelling and the misery of writing . . . Like a magician pulling a seemingly endless string of colorful scarves from a hat, Jansma streams stories-within-stories-within-stories, each a diabolically clever homage. . . . Readers will detect riffs on Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Truman Capote, Bob Dylan, Tolstoy, Salinger, Borges, Kipling, and many more. . . . A first novel with the strength and agility of a great cat leaping through rings of fire.
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