The Orphan Master's Son

By Adam Johnson; Paige Shelton
(Wheeler Publishing, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410448286, 781pp.)

Publication Date: June 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Paperback, Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Reading Group List
“Sometimes we say that a book tries to be too many things. This thought-provoking novel is many things -- an adventure tale, an examination of identity and the nature of the self, a meta-narrative, a political novel, a love story, a survivor story, and more -- and it succeeds on all counts. Like the works of David Mitchell, The Orphan Master's Son is at once a joy to read, a challenging work, and, ultimately, a terrific and satisfying story.”
-- Mark LaFramboise, Politics & Prose Books and Coffee Shop, Washington, DC
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2012 Indie Next List

An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, "The Orphan Master's Son" follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

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