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Lake City

A Novel

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ON SALE: January 8, 2019 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 256 pages | ISBN 9781640091429
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Lake City is a riotously funny novel of misdirected ambition, unchecked gentrification, and the dark art of superstore deli mismanagement.

The setting is Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood during the 2001 holiday season. In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy and at the peak of Seattle’s first wave of tech-boom gentrification—a wave that never quite made it to his neighborhood—Lane Beuche schemes how to win back his wife (and her trust fund). In his childhood bedroom in his mother’s decrepit old house, the idealistic but self-serving striver Lane licks his wounds and hatches a plot.

He discovers a precarious path forward when he is 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. Until 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 so recently had and, he feels, so richly deserves.

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, author of Lawn Boy

THOMAS KOHNSTAMM was an experienced travel writer when Broadway Books released his travel memoir Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? Kohnstamm was a 2017 fellow at the Sundance “New Voices” Lab and runs a studio where he writes and produces video and multimedia for clients like Xbox and Minecraft. Lake City is his first novel. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

Praise

Praise for Lake City

“Kohnstamm delivers a blistering, clear-eyed, and surefooted debut novel 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, author of Lawn Boy

Praise for Thomas Kohnstamm

“A comic rogue who seems to have modeled his life and prose on Hunter S.Thompson’s.” —The New York Times

“Kohnstamm is one to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?

“A comic rogue who seems to have modeled his life and prose on Hunter S.Thompson’s . . . I could not get enough of the most depraved travel book of the year.” —The New York Times

“Hilarious.” —The New York Times Book Review

“The colorful adventures of a budding travel writer in Brazil… a wonderfully picaresque journey through the vibrant Brazilian landscape . . . Readers will relish the countless stories of the author’s misadventures, but Kohnstamm brings more than just anecdotes: He offers a solid understanding of the mechanics of the travel-writing industry and a unique ability to illuminate that world to readers. Notable for its spirited prose and insightful exploration of the less-romantic side of travel writing. Kohnstamm is one to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“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.” —Outside

“Kohnstamm is nobody’s model travel journalist, except maybe Hunter Thompson’s… [he’s the] sudden enfant terrible of his field… Do Travel Writers Go To Hell? is the best-written, funniest book of travel literature since Phaic Tan.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The shot heard ’round the travel world…” —The Washington Post

“It’s Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, but with tourism… [Lonely Planet CEO] Ms. Slatyer made Mr. Kohnstamm’s book sound dangerous.” —The New York Observer

“[Kohnstamm]’s the first to blow the whistle on the travel industry’s dirty little secret.” —T Magazine, The Moment blog, The New York Times

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