Winner of the National Book Award 2015
New York, NY: Random House (2015)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, The Orphan Master’s Son,
Adam Johnson is one of America’s most provocative and powerful authors.
Critics have compared him to Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, and George
but Johnson’s new book will only further his reputation as one of our
most original writers. Subtly surreal, darkly comic, both hilarious and
heartbreaking,Fortune Smiles is a major collection of stories that gives voice to the perspectives we don’t
often hear, while offering something rare in fiction: a new way of looking at the world.
In six masterly stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural
disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes
the personal. “Nirvana,” which won the prestigiousSunday Times
short story prize, portrays a programmer whose
wife has a rare disease finding solace in a digital simulacrum of the
president of the United States. In “Hurricanes Anonymous”—first included
in theBest American Short Stories anthology—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.
Unnerving, riveting, and written with a timeless quality, these stories
confirm Johnson as one of America’s greatest writers and an
indispensable guide to our new century.