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A sweeping, funny, and poignant novel about a tight-knit group of twentysomethings in New York whose lives are forever altered by an unexpected tragedy—from the widely acclaimed author of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

Five years after their college graduation, the devoted friends once known as “the Murphys” remain as inseparable as ever. There’s Sara Sherman, an editor and social butterfly; George Murphy, her caring, if troubled, astronomer boyfriend; Jacob Blaumann, a poet manqué and their loudmouth third wheel; William Cho, an awkward but well-meaning investment banker; and Irene Richmond, an enigmatic, immensely talented artist. As this absorbing novel opens in December 2008, they are making their way through heavy snowfall to gather at a lavish art world holiday party. But for all the glitz and glamor, the festivities mark a more momentous evening than any of them realize. Irene will first notice a curious lump under her eye. William will fall desperately in love with her. And George will, at long last, ask Sara to marry him.

Over the years that follow, this cast of rich, warmly drawn characters scrape by chasing their dreams in Great Recession New York. They watch acquaintances drop like flies and cling ever tighter to one another. When a devastating blow threatens to tear them irreparably apart, they must struggle to carry on together. A powerful and transfixing follow-up to Kristopher Jansma’s celebrated debut, Why We Came to the City paints a portrait of a generation and tells an unforgettable story of hope, love, and friendship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “A tremendous accomplishment: an elegant and deeply moving meditation on friendship and mortality, both fearless and finely wrought. I believe this book will stay with me for a very long time.”

    Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

  • “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

  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick for 9 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in February
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