Today’s featured book is The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.
Why I chose this book:
A deep portrayal of life in North Korea (so much in the news now) where all live with the constant fear of imprisonment or worse. A moving and real story where the main character finally decides to stop being a pawn of the state and chooses instead to take his fate into his own hands. I love stories where characters make a choice.
An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master’s Son follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.
Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Master’s Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love. A towering literary achievement, The Orphan Master’s Son ushers Adam Johnson into the small group of today’s greatest writers.
“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
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Remember that these books are listed from out website at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!
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