Fortune Smiles: Stories, Hardback Book
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION 2015, WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2013, WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD 2014.

By the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner of THE ORPHAN MASTER'S SON - for fans of international literary fiction, especially Hanya Yanigahara, Jonathan Franzen and Anthony Doerr. "Unputdownable is an overused word, but at their best these stories are completely gripping." (Sunday Times). "Ironic, witty, super-intelligent". (The Times). Adam Johnson takes you into the minds of characters you never thought you would meet - a former Stasi prison warden in denial of his past, a refugee from North Korea unsettled by his new freedom, a UPS driver in hurricane-torn Louisiana looking for the mother of his son.

These are tales of love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal.

Tender, wry, utterly compelling, they show us humanity where you might least expect it.

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I skipped and skimmed and didn't like a single one of these stories. I was about to give up on it when it was long-listed for the National Book Award. I decided to give it another try, still didn't find anything to like.Library book.

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Fortune Smiles is six short stories about all different kinds of lives and the good and bad fortune people experience, usually at the same time. Each story is pretty good and shows how complex people and life can be in a short amount of pages that many longer books never come close to capturing. Also each story holds its own, there wasn't one I was like oh ok that was weak compared to the rest. They were all interesting and held me in.

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Rather than reading, I listened to this on audio, which always manages to keep me from getting too emotionally invested in the story. I think I may have done myself a disservice this time, as this collection of stories is beautiful, haunting, and heartbreaking. Johnson explores different means of coping (or not coping) with tragedy/hardship, with hints of redemption and resolution.

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