“How can you be prepared for this kind of news? It will mean so much to the readership of the book, and I hope, will get more people to contemplate what’s happening there. North Koreans aren’t allowed to tell their own story: Others have to do it for them.”
Adam Johnson, Author of The Orphan Master’s Son
Adam is a newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner for his new novel, The Orphan Master’s Son (Love that title!), which the committee awarding the prize described as 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.”
What a lovely tribute to what sounds like a beautiful book! I’m going to put it on my must-read list — and I hope tons of other people will do the same. Matt Norcross, the owner of McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petosky (love that name, too!), Michigan, has already sold fifty copies of the book and is ordering another 50 or so post-Pulitzer copies.
Anything that gives books a boost is surely a wonderful thing. And when a book is described as an “exquisitely crafted novel” which takes readers on an “adventuresome journey” and probes the “most intimate spaces of the human heart,” I think it’s truly cause for celebration.
Adam, who teaches writing at Stanford University, spent three years researching and penning Orphan Master. How wonderfully encouraging that new voices and gifted authors are arising all the time — writers who open new worlds to their readers and who are bold enough to write dangerously about the world at large and the largest world of all: the heart. Bravo, Adam! Write on!