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The Orphan Master's Son. Adam Johnson (Paperback)

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It is a tribute to Adam Johnson's writing skills to have created such sympathetic, humane, even sometimes humorous, characters in the bleak, dark environment of North Korea. I read this novel with wonder, and was inspired to learn more about the country. This is a rare accomplishment--a masterpiece--and our whole staff looks forward to getting it into the hands of our customers.

— Nancy

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“Sometimes we say that a book tries to be too many things. This thought-provoking novel is many things -- an adventure tale, an examination of identity and the nature of the self, a meta-narrative, a political novel, a love story, a survivor story, and more -- and it succeeds on all counts. Like the works of David Mitchell, The Orphan Master's Son is at once a joy to read, a challenging work, and, ultimately, a terrific and satisfying story.”
— Mark LaFramboise, Politics & Prose Books and Coffee Shop, Washington, DC

January 2012 Indie Next List


“Sometimes we say that a book tries to be too many things. This thought-provoking novel is many things - an adventure tale, an examination of identity and the nature of the self, a meta-narrative, a political novel, a love story, a survivor story, and more - and it succeeds on all counts. Like the works of David Mitchell, The Orphan Master's Son is at once a joy to read, a challenging work, and ultimately, a terrific and satisfying story.”
— Mark LaFramboise, Politics & Prose Books and Coffee Shop, Washington, DC



Product Details
ISBN: 9780552778251
ISBN-10: 0552778257
Publisher: Black Swan Books, Limited
Publication Date: February 1st, 2013
Pages: 575
Language: English