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Lake City - Out now

“A caustic satire on class privilege and deprivation . . . The portrait Kohnstamm offers of a Seattle backwater trailing in the wake of the Emerald City’s rising glamour is indelible."
—Seattle Times

“All at once hip, intrepid, and philosophical... Kohnstamm's fresh voice has a millennial groove, the story is engaging and gritty, and there's an impressive scrutiny of personal and societal ethics.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Lake City is a darkly funny and extremely relevant debut novel about American inequality and authority.”
—Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See

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Lake City Book Tour

Tuesday, January 8th
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, 7:00PM
Seattle, WA
in conversation with Jonathan Evison

Thursday, January 10th
East Bay Booksellers, 7:00PM
Oakland, CA
in conversation with Broke-Ass Stuart Schuffman

Friday, January 11th
BookSoup, 7:00PM
Los Angeles, CA
in conversation with Sherry Cola and special guest Bronson Pinchot

Tuesday, January 15th
WORD Brooklyn, 7:30PM
Brooklyn, NY
in conversation with Maria Dahvana Headley

Thursday, January 24th
Powell's City of Books, 7:30PM
Portland, OR
in conversation with Pauls Toutonghi

Thursday, February 7th
Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:00PM
Seattle, WA




New Novel, Lake City,
Out Jan 2019

"Kohnstamm delivers a blistering, clear-eyed, and surefooted footed debut about the perils and pitfalls of misdirected ambition. More than that, Lake City is a hilarious and sneakily incisive examination of the cultural tensions, and widening class divides that simmer on the fringes of an increasingly homogenized Seattle--or San Francisco, or Brooklyn, or Los Angeles, or any other American city in the throes of affluenza and gentrification."

— Jonathan Evison




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"Thomas Kohnstamm’s raw portrayal of life as a young, broke travel writer in South America… A must-read for any backpacker—future, past, or present."

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