March 14, 2014 1:00 PM

Identity-seeking narrator learns he can’t change his stripes

Reading Kristopher Jansma’s rollicking debut novel, “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards,” is a little like trying to count the lines in a bar code; pretty hard to keep track of everything unless you’re using a pencil. The easiest place to start might be with the title, which is obvious enough — a leopard’s spots aren’t supposed to change.

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