Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son, on tour August 2012

Posted By on June 7, 2012

About The Orphan Master’s Son

Paperback: 480 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (August 7, 2012)

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. 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, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”
In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.
 “Adam Johnson’s remarkable novel The Orphan Master’s Son is set inNorth Korea, an entire nation that has conformed to the fictions spun by a dictator and his inner circle…Mr. Johnson is a wonderfully flexible writer who can pivot in a matter of lines from absurdity to atrocity…We don’t know what’s really going on in that strange place, but a disquieting glimpse suggestingwhat it must be like can be found in this brilliant and timely novel.” – Wall Street Journal
Magnificently accomplished…Part thriller, part coming-of-age novel, part romance, The Orphan Master’s Son is made sturdy by research…but what makes it so absorbing isn’t its documentary realism but the dark flight of the author’s imagination…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 

“Providing a rare glimpse into one of the world’s least known countries, Adam Johnson weaves a tale of hardship, romance, and redemption in North Korea in The Orphan Master’s Son.” — National Geographic Traveler

About Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories. His other works include Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us. He lives in San Francisco.


Adam Johnson’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, August 7th:  Booklover’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, August 8th:  The Bowed Bookshelf

Thursday, August 9th:  Unabridged Chick

Monday, August 13th:  As I Turn the Pages

Tuesday, August 14th:  Gone Bookserk

Monday, August 20th:  Life in Review

Tuesday, August 21st:  Unabridged Chick – author interview

Wednesday, August 22nd:  Lit and Life

Thursday, August 23rd:  Bookish Habits

Monday, August 27th:  The Scarlett Letter

Tuesday, August 28th:  Book Dilettante

Tuesday, September 4th:  Serendipitous Reading

Monday, September 10th:  Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, September 18th:  You’ve GOTTA read this!

TBD:  Col Reads

TBD:  So Simply Sara


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