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, which won the 2015 National Book Award for fiction.
Book signing follows the talk. Book sales by Readers Bookstore.
There are currently more than 900 copies of this journey into North Korea checked out at San Francisco Public Library. Don’t miss this insightful program!
The Orphan Master’s Son has been 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.” Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He 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, 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.
Adam Johnson, a professor of English at Stanford and a San Francisco resident, is also the author of the short story collection,