The Orphan Master's Son

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Transworld, Feb 16, 2012 - Fiction - 592 pages

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2013
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

'You know you are in the hands of someone who can tell a story ... fantastic' ZADIE SMITH
'Excavates the very meaning of life' New York Times


Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents – it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings.

He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea.

He knows he must find his true love, Sun Moon, the greatest opera star who ever lived, before it’s too late.

He knows he’s not like the other prisoners in the camp.

He’s going to get out soon.

Definitely

'An addictive novel of daring ingenuity' DAVID MITCHELL

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User Review  - jamienga - Overstock.com

I didnt want to read a book set in North Korea but Im glad that I did. It won a Pulitzer Prize and now I understand why. The narrative style confused me at first until I realized that it was part of ... Read full review

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Definitely one of the best books I've read this year. It was chosen for my book club and I admit I was not enthused to read it. I assumed some long, depressing tale of work camps, starvation and ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Adam Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University. His second novel THE ORPHAN MASTER'S SON won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 and was a New York Times bestseller. His short story NIRVANA won the EFG/Sunday Times Best Short Story Award 2014. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

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