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Adam Johnson

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 masterly 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. Readers: "Nirvana" read by Johnathan McClain "Hurricanes Anonymous" read by Dominic Hoffman "Interesting Facts" read by Cassandra Campbell "George Orwell Was a Friend of Mine" read by W. Morgan Sheppard "Dark Meadow" read by Will Damron "Fortune Smiles" read by Greg Chun Advance praise for Fortune Smiles

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 masterly 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. Readers: "Nirvana" read by Johnathan McClain "Hurricanes Anonymous" read by Dominic Hoffman "Interesting Facts" read by Cassandra Campbell "George Orwell Was a Friend of Mine" read by W. Morgan Sheppard "Dark Meadow" read by Will Damron "Fortune Smiles" read by Greg Chun Advance praise for Fortune Smiles
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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 masterly 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. Readers: "Nirvana" read by Johnathan McClain "Hurricanes Anonymous" read by Dominic Hoffman "Interesting Facts" read by Cassandra Campbell "George Orwell Was a Friend of Mine" read by W. Morgan Sheppard "Dark Meadow" read by Will Damron "Fortune Smiles" read by Greg Chun Advance praise for Fortune Smiles

Language:

English

Narrators:

W. Morgan Sheppard, Johnathan McClain, Cassandra Campbell, Various

Length:

8h 19m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:23


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:59


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:46


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:16


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:33


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:52


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:44


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:49


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:22


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:21


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:22


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:41


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:16


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:29