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Meet Adam Johnson | The Orphan Master's Son

Meet Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master's Son
Joshua Foer
Adam Johnson
Credit: Random House
Award winning short-story writer and novelist Adam Johnson visits with The Orphan Master's Son, the season's hottest literary novel.

The New York Times calls it "a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice." Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother — a singer "stolen" to Pyongyang — and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return. Considering himself "a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world," Jun Do becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. When he is driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves.

Read The New York Time's review of The Orphan Master's Son here »
Listen to NPR's interview with Adam Johnson here »

Adam Johnson, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, teaches at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in such publications as Esquire and Harpers, as well as Best New American Fiction for a record four years running. He wrote the short-story collection Emporium and the novel Parasites Like Us, which won a California Book Award in 2003. He focuses on characters on the edge of society for whom isolation and disconnection are nearly permanent conditions.

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The Orphan Master's Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812992793
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Published: Random House - January 10th, 2012

"Adam Johnson has pulled off literary alchemy, first by setting his novel in North Korea, a country that few of us can imagine, then by producing such compelling characters, whose lives unfold at breakneck speed. I was engrossed right to the amazing conclusion. The result is pure gold, a terrific novel."--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone"An addictive novel of daring ingenuity, a study of sacrifice and freedom in a citizen-eating dynasty, and a timely reminder that anonymous victims of oppression are also human beings who love... a brave and impressive book."--David Mitchell, author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet"I've never read anything like it. This is truly an amazing reading experience, a tremendous accomplishment. I could spend days talking about how much I love this book. It sounds like overstatement, but no. The Orphan Master's Son is a masterpiece."--Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children"Rich with a sense of discovery...The year is young, but The Orphan Master's Son has an early lead on novel of 2012."-The Daily Beast"This is a novel worth getting excited about."-The Washington Post"[A] ripping piece of fiction that is also an astute commentary on the nature of freedom, sacrifice, and glory."-Elle

Parasites Like Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142004777
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Published: Penguin Books - October 26th, 2004

Emporium: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142001950
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2003

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