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Mar 25, 2003
| ISBN 9780142001950
Mar 25, 2003
| ISBN 9781101665862
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Mar 25, 2003 | ISBN 9780142001950
Mar 25, 2003 | ISBN 9781101665862
The “remarkable” (The New Yorker) debut story collection by the author of The Orphan Master’s Son (winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize) and the story collection Fortune Smiles (winner of the 2015 National Book Award) An ATF raid, a moonshot gone wrong, a busload of female cancer victims determined to live life to the fullest—these are the compelling terrains Adam Johnson explores in his electrifying debut collection. A lovesick teenage Cajun girl, a gay Canadian astrophysicist, a teenage sniper on the LAPD payroll, a post-apocalyptic bulletproof-vest salesman—each seeks connection and meaning in landscapes made uncertain by the voids that parents and lovers should fill. With imaginative grace and verbal acuity, Johnson is satirical without being cold, clever without being cloying, and heartbreaking without being sentimental. He shreds the veneer of our media-saturated, self-help society, revealing the lonely isolation that binds us all together.
Adam Johnson is the author of Fortune Smiles, winner of the National Book Award and the Story Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Orphan Master’s Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Dayton… More about Adam Johnson
“A collection worth owning…a writer worth watching…stories worth reading.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Remarkable.” —The New Yorker
“Masterful.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
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