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Fortune Smiles: Stories (Hardcover)

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"Johnson’s stories invade your soul with the power of an electrical current – sharp and painful with a resonate effect that tingles your every pore. The voices of his characters come from different walks of life: a former warden of a Stasi prison who troubles a tour group with his observations; a pedophile with insights into the dark world of child pornography on the Internet; a dying woman who desperately wants something undefinable from a music icon; a man trying to find his place in the world after escaping North Korea with a companion who may have an ulterior, hidden motive. Whatever the source, each story is inventive in style and substance; Johnson’s characters may be unusual and creepy, but the delight that comes from such perspicacity marks him as a wise and talented writer."

— Raul

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The National Book Award-winning story collection from the author of The Orphan Master's Son offers something rare in fiction: a new way of looking at the world.

"MASTERFUL."--The Washington Post "ENTRANCING."--O: The Oprah Magazine "PERCEPTIVE AND BRAVE."--The New York Times

Throughout these six stories, Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal, giving voice to the perspectives we don't often hear.

In "Nirvana," a programmer whose wife has a rare disease finds solace in a digital simulacrum of the president of the United States. In "Hurricanes Anonymous," a young man searches for the mother of his son in a Louisiana devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. "George Orwell Was a Friend of Mine" follows a former warden of a Stasi prison in East Germany who vehemently denies his past, even as pieces of it are delivered in packages to his door. And in the unforgettable title story, Johnson returns to his signature subject, North Korea, depicting two defectors from Pyongyang who are trying to adapt to their new lives in Seoul, while one cannot forget the woman he left behind.

WINNER OF THE STORY PRIZE - A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Miami Herald - San Francisco Chronicle - USA Today

AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - NPR - Marie Claire - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - BuzzFeed - The Daily Beast - Los Angeles Magazine - The Independent - BookPage - Kirkus Reviews

"Remarkable . . . Adam Johnson is one of America's greatest living writers."--The Huffington Post

"Haunting, harrowing . . . Johnson's writing is as rich in compassion as it is in invention, and that rare combination makes Fortune Smiles worth treasuring."--USA Today

"Fortune Smiles blends] exotic scenarios, morally compromised characters, high-wire action, rigorously limber prose, dense thickets of emotion, and, most critically, our current techno-moment."--The Boston Globe

"Johnson's boundary-pushing stories make for exhilarating reading."--San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author


Adam Johnson is the author of Fortune Smiles, winner of the National Book Award and the Story Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Orphan Master's Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the California Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Johnson's other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship; he was also a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award. His previous books are Emporium, a short story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us. Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780812997477
ISBN-10: 0812997476
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English