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The Resource Fortune Smiles : Stories, Adam Johnson., (Axis 360 electronic resource)

Fortune Smiles : Stories, Adam Johnson., (Axis 360 electronic resource)

Label
Fortune Smiles : Stories
Title
Fortune Smiles
Title remainder
Stories
Statement of responsibility
Adam Johnson.
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson is one of America's most provocative and powerful authors. Critics have compared him to Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, and George Saunders, but Johnson's new book will only further his reputation as one of our most original writers. Subtly surreal, darkly comic, both hilarious and heartbreaking, Interesting Facts is a major collection of stories that gives voice to the perspectives we don't often hear, while offering something rare in fiction: a new way of looking at the world.In "George Orwell Was a Friend of Mine," the former warden of a Stasi prison in East Germany vehemently denies his past, even as pieces of it are delivered in mysterious packages to his door. "Nirvana," which won the prestigious Sunday Times short story prize, portrays a world where a programmer whose wife has a rare disease finds solace in a digital simulacrum of the recently assassinated president. "Hurricanes Anonymous," anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, depicts a devastated Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Among the collection's unforgettable characters are a young man and his new girlfriend searching for the mother of his son, a computer whiz who helps the police catch criminals while trying to evade detection himself, and, in the stunning title story, a woman with cancer who rages against the idea of her family living on without her.In fantastic and unflinching prose, Adam Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters and mysterious desires, the decisions we make for ourselves and the decisions we make for others. As unnerving as they are riveting, these stories establish him as a modern master, an indispensable guide to a new century in which the unbelievable has become commonplace.Praise for Adam Johnson's Pulitzer Prize--winning novel, The Orphan Master's Son"Harrowing and deeply affecting . . . In making his hero, and the nightmare he lives through, come so thoroughly alive, Mr. Johnson has written 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."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times"Remarkable . . . a work of high adventure, surreal coincidences and terrible violence, seeming to straddle the line between cinematic fantasy and brutal actuality . . . the single best work of fiction published [this year]."--The Wall Street Journal"A great novel can take implausible fact and turn it into entirely believable fiction. That's the genius of The Orphan Master's Son. Adam Johnson has taken the papier-mâché creation that is North Korea and turned it into a real and riveting place that readers will find unforgettable. . . . Imagine Charles Dickens paying a visit to Pyongyang, and you see the canvas on which Johnson is painting here."--The Washington Post"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"An epic feat of storytelling."--Zadie Smith"A triumph of imagination . . . [Grade:] A."--Entertainment WeeklyFrom the Hardcover edition
  • A collection of stories includes two previously unpublished pieces and explores themes of love, loss, and the consequences of decisions made in the face of tragedy
  • "With the 2012 publication of The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson became recognized as a leading American writer: a New York Times bestseller, Orphan Master was named one of the best books of the year by more than a dozen major publications, chosen as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and in addition to the Pulitzer, won a host of other prizes, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Now Johnson turns his remarkable talent to a collection of stories that delve deeply into love, loss, the decisions we make for ourselves, and the decisions we make for others. In post-Katrina Louisiana, a young man and his new girlfriend search for the mother of his son. In Palo Alto, a programmer whose wife has a rare disease finds solace in a digital simulacrum of the recently assassinated President. In contemporary Berlin a former Stasi agent ponders his past. A woman with cancer rages against the idea of her family without her. And in the unforgettable title story. Johnson returns to his signature subject of North Korea, depicting two defectors from Pyongyang trying to adapt to their new lives in Seoul, while one cannot forget the woman he left behind. Hugely inventive and endlessly energetic, this is a funny, heart wrenching, surprising collection of stories and characters that will leave readers exhilarated and will show Johnson writing at the top of his form"--
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Provided by publisher
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NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Adam
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • 813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Short stories, American
  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Short Stories
  • Overdrive
  • Overdrive
  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Short Stories
Label
Fortune Smiles : Stories, Adam Johnson., (Axis 360 electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Nirvana
  • Hurricanes anonymous
  • Interesting facts
  • George Orwell was a friend of mine
  • Dark meadow
  • Fortune smiles
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (304 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812997484
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
0016274929
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)908108332
Label
Fortune Smiles : Stories, Adam Johnson., (Axis 360 electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Nirvana
  • Hurricanes anonymous
  • Interesting facts
  • George Orwell was a friend of mine
  • Dark meadow
  • Fortune smiles
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (304 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812997484
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
0016274929
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)908108332

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