The Orphan Master's Son

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Paperback, Random House Inc, 2012, ISBN13 9780812982626, ISBN10 0812982622

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam John son provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST LONGLISTED FOR THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER OF THE CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY

The Washington Post Entertainment Weekly The Wall Street Journal Los Angeles Times San Francisco Chronicle Financial Times News week/The Daily Beast The Plain Dealer St. Louis Post-Dispatch Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Slate Salon BookPage Shelf Awareness

The single best work of fiction published in 2012... The books cunning, flair and pathos are testaments to the still-formidable power of the written word. The Wall Street Journal

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mothera singer stolen to Pyongyang and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boys loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world, Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress so pure, she didnt know what starving people looked like.

Praise for The Orphan Masters Son

An exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart. Pulitzer Prize citation

A daring and remarkable novel. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Gripping... Deftly blending adventure, surreal comedy and Casablanca-style romance, the novel takes readers on a jolting ride through an Orwellian landscape of dubious identity and dangerous doublespeak. San Jose Mercury News

This is a novel worth getting excited about... Adam John son has taken the papier-mch creation that is North Korea and turned it into a real and riveting place that readers will find unforgettable. The Washington Post

[A] brilliant and timely novel. The Wall Street Journal

Remarkable and heartbreaking... To [the] very short list of exceptional novels that also serve a humanitarian purpose The Orphan Masters Son must now be added. The New Republic

A triumph of imagination... [Grade:] A. Entertainment Weekly

A spellbinding saga of subverted identity and an irrepressible love. Vogue

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats and more.

Specifications

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publish Date: Aug 07, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780812982626
ISBN-10: 0812982622
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 480
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.0
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