Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and this may be especially true when it comes to North Korea. Adam Johnson (who grew up in Tempe) has managed to capture the absurdity and horror of life in this closed repressive society in his new novel, The Orphan Master's Son. Johnson uses the extraordinary life of orphan and nobody Jun Do to explore the psychological and spiritual effects of a society ruled by the whim of an individual. This amazing novel seems especially prescient given the Dear Leader's recent demise! - Sarah B.