Greetings and salutations! I realize it's been forever and a day since I last posted, and you have my sincerest apologies. I have missed being entrenched in the book world. As the announcement at the top of the page mentioned, I've been going through treatment for breast cancer. I underwent four months of chemotherapy, which wrapped up in November and wasn't as successful as we'd hoped. So in December (on the day after my birthday, no less) I had to have a mastectomy. (Total bummer, but it's better than the alternative). The good news is, we think they got all the cancer, but I will be going through 7 weeks of radiation treatments just to make sure. Right now, I am still recuperating from surgery - but hope to be bouncing back and posting more from here on out.
In celebration of that fact, I wanted to put this book on your radar - since it's been pinging mine for the last week or so:
The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson
Random House, Jan 10, 2012
List price: $26.00
Hardback with deckled edges
-It's gotten starred reviews from Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.
Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.
Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do 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 didn’t know what starving people looked like.”
Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Master’s Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love. A towering literary achievement, The Orphan Master’s Son ushers Adam Johnson into the small group of today’s greatest writers.
Some stops on his book tour (You can order signed books from the Web sites):
- Powell's, in Portland, OR on Sunday January 15, 2012.
- Boswell Books, in Milwaukee, WI on Monday January 23, 2012.
- Book Passage, in Corte Madera, California on February 8, 2012
Other appearances can be found at the author's page (under Events) on the publisher's Web site.
Labels: Adam Johnson, booklist, fiction, Hypermodern collectible, January 2012, Library Journal, North Korea, publishers weekly, Signed editions, starred reviews, The Orphan Master's Son