Why am I highlighting this contemporary picaresque? Jansma was a finalist for BOMB magazines 2011 fiction contest. Sales reps are already raving, as are their customers. And the story sounds so absorbing. The bright-eyed young narrator, an aspiring writer (yes, this is a debut novel), looks up to the gifted Julian McGann and falls hard for Julians lovely friend Evelyn. When this triangle implodes, the narrator attempts to sort himself out by traveling the world, from Sri Lanka to Manhattans jazz clubs. A writer to watch.
Jansma asks timeless questions in this enchanting debut novel about three great friends--two men and one woman--who experience triumphs and failures in life, love, globe-spanning adventures.