Fortune Smiles

Fortune Smiles


Book - 2015
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"[The author's] first book since Orphan Master--he continues to give voice to characters rarely heard from, while offering something we all seek from fiction: a new way of looking at our 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. '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. '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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812997477
Characteristics: 304 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

A set of 6 National Book Award winning stories, Fortune Smiles, was more than I expected as I'm not much of a short story reader. Each story was well told, uncomfortable, yet impacting in it's own way.

sungeun2k1 Aug 20, 2016

Darkly unsettling. Surreally funny, although at times I wasn't sure I was supposed to be laughing. Dark Meadows in particular left me uneasy and unnerved. Every strange situation in 6 short stories seemed a metaphor for the absurdity of North Korea in the final story, or maybe it's the other way around.

Apr 03, 2016

Not a particularly interesting book. Was not impressed but read it all anyway

Mar 19, 2016

It was a normal book and none of the stories were particularly interesting to me. It was easy to read and get through but is not memorable for me.

ChiPubLib_Adults Nov 19, 2015

2015 National Book Award Winner in Fiction.

Aug 04, 2015

The book is titled "Fortune Smiles" not "Interesting Facts: Stories"


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