All at once hip, intrepid, and philosophical. —Publishers Weekly


Kohnstamm delivers a blistering, clear-eyed, and sure-footed debut novel about the perils and pitfalls of misdirected ambition.

— Jonathan Evison, author of Lawn Boy

Lake City is a darkly funny and extremely relevant debut novel about American inequality and authority.

— Anthony Doerr, author of All The Light We Cannot See

Lake City is a crucial black comedy about the myths of money and happiness.

— Maria Dahvana Headley, author of The Mere Wife

There are so many reasons to admire Thomas Kohnstamm’s astonishing debut novel, but his innate storytelling verve makes it truly unputdownable.

— Stefan Merrill Block, author of Oliver Loving

Hilarious as it is cutting, Lake City offers an all too insightful critique of clashing classes and misguided ideas of success.

— Shari Goldhagen, author of In Some Other World, Maybe

Snarky social commentary on the world of Seattle have-nots.

— Kirkus Reviews

Read everything by Thomas Kohnstamm but, by all means, start with Lake City.

— Duff McKagan, author of It’s So Easy and How to Be a Man


Lake City: A NOVEL

In the last blue-collar neighborhood in 2001 boomtown Seattle, idealistic but self-serving striver Lane Bueche licks his wounds and schemes how to win back his estranged wife and her trust fund. Contracted by a wealthy adoptive couple to seduce and sabotage a troubled birth mother from his neighborhood, Lane soon finds himself in a zero-sum game between the families as he straddles two cultures, classes, and worlds. Finally, with the well-being of the toddler at stake, Lane must choose between wanting to do the right thing (if he could only figure out what that is) and reclaiming the life of privilege he believes he deserves. 

Counterpoint Press, 2019