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Kristopher Jansma

Forfatter af The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

4+ Værker 580 Medlemmer 34 Anmeldelser

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Kristopher Jansma is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at SUNY New Paltz and a graduate lecturer in fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of Why We Came to the City and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, vis mere which won the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Kristopher Jansma

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards (2013) 414 eksemplarer, 27 anmeldelser
Why We Came to the City: A Novel (2016) 161 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Our Narrow Hiding Places: A Novel 4 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Our Narrow Hiding Places 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse

Associated Works

Legacy: An Anthology (2015) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser

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Most World War II books focus on Germany, the United States, and England. This book reminds us that it truly was a world war. This is the second book I have read about the war in Holland. It focuses on a young girl (this is the first book I have found from a child's viewpoint) and her "cousin" as they face the devastation that was the circumstance of their lives. The "Hunger Winter" description was very moving. The thoughts and feelings of Mieke were genuine. It is difficult to read about this history but it is necessary so we never forget and these things do not happen again.
I recommend this book to historical buffs and people who like to learn. I found the beginning of the book somewhat hard to get into, but the story improved as I turned the pages.
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khoyt | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jul 11, 2024 |
Mieke is an 80 year old woman living on the Jersey shore. When she suffers a fall, her grandson comes to visit. While he is dealing with some of his own demons, Mieke shares the family history in World War II torn Holland. Focusing primarily on the time known as the “Hunger Winter” when, as a child, there was no heat, no food and thousands died of starvation, she recounts those devastating years and the effects on family, friends, and acquaintances.

Beautifully written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful, the story has two timelines; the 1940s in the Netherlands and more modern times in New Jersey. There are additional chapters from a Dutch book that had been recently discovered by her neighbor, a professor specializing in Holocaust literature. The provides additional history that is narrated by eels. Yes, eels! But, it works!

Intergenerational trauma is a recurrent theme as it is revealed what people went through and had to do to withstand the atrocities of war. This is a tale of horror, defiance, survival, resilience, and also one of never forgetting.

Thanks to #netgalley and @eccobooks for the DRC.
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vkmarco | Jun 2, 2024 |
This is a beautiful, haunting, multi-generational story about a family in the Netherlands and their experiences during WW2 and the German occupation. It is told in different perspectives and timelines with a folk talk told by eels included as well. It sounds like it shouldn't work, but it does. It's sad and inspirational at the same time. Most of the WW2 novels I have read focused on England, France and Italy. This one is different and in a good way.

Meike grows up with her family in the Netherlands and experiences what happens when her family has to get by and do what they can to survive while her town is occupied by Nazis. Later we learn about her life after the war and her child and grandchild. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.… (mere)
mrsgrits | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jan 26, 2024 |
Very entertaining, and I didn't know where we were going the whole time. A writer who maybe isn't a very good writer keeps butting heads with a peer, and steals his ideas over the years. Or maybe he's a bad writer who is stealing identities and globe trotting? There are two halves to this story and they tie together so neatly at the end.
KallieGrace | 26 andre anmeldelser | Jun 8, 2023 |



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