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Fortune Smiles

(2015)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, 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, Fortune Smiles 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 six masterful stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal. "Nirvana", which won the prestigious Sunday Times short story prize, portrays a programmer, whose wife has a rare disease, finding solace in a digital simulacrum of the president of the United States. In "Hurricanes Anonymous" - first included in the Best American Short Stories anthology - 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.

Unnerving, riveting, and written with a timeless quality, these stories confirm Johnson as one of America's greatest writers and an indispensable guide to our new century.

    

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January 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fortune Smiles: Stories (Wheeler Publishing Large Print Hardcover)
Author(s): Adam Johnson
ISBN: 1-4104-8607-9 / 978-1-4104-8607-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Fortune Smiles: Stories
Author(s): Adam Johnson
ISBN: 0-85752-297-3 / 978-0-85752-297-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fortune Smiles: Stories
Author(s): Adam Johnson
ISBN: 0-8129-9747-6 / 978-0-8129-9747-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

November 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fortune Smiles: Stories
Author(s): Adam Johnson
ISBN: 1-78416-046-6 / 978-1-78416-046-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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October 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fortune Smiles: Stories
Author(s): Adam Johnson
ISBN: 0-8129-8723-3 / 978-0-8129-8723-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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August 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fortune Smiles: Stories
Author(s): Adam Johnson
ISBN: 0-85752-298-1 / 978-0-85752-298-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Fortune Smiles: Stories
Author(s): Adam Johnson
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fortune Smiles: Stories
Author(s): Adam Johnson
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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August 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fortune Smiles: Stories
Author(s): Adam Johnson
Publisher: Random House
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