Fortune Smiles: Stories (Paperback)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son moves from strength to strength in his first short story collection. All of these stories are strong and dark – just the way I like my chocolate – ranging from a pair of North Korean defectors longing to return home, to an insomniac doctor who walks the streets at night while contemplating the journey of his wife’s slow and agonizing death, to a Katrina refugee who desperately searches the underbellied neighborhoods of New Orleans for the mother of his child. Not for the faint of heart, these stories are all darkly satisfying and complete. ~Emily— From 2016 Paperback Fiction
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.