Fortune Smiles: Stories

Winner, National Book Awards 2015 for Fiction

Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson book cover, 2015
ISBN 978-0812997477
Random House
Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson is the author of The Orphan Master’s Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the California Book Award, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. More about this author >

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There is poetry and heartbreak on every page of Adam Johnson’s extraordinary story collection, Fortune Smiles. Johnson is a virtuoso, writing with the same sensitivity and insight whether his setting is North Korea or New Orleans, Palo Alto or some other, imaginary world, as flawed and secretive as our own. The voices we encounter in these pages are by turns surprising, wondrous, comic and devastating. These six masterful stories confirm Johnson’s status as one of the most talented writers of his generation.