Friday, January 27, 2017

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Fortune Smiles is a collection of short stories, each with an unusual point of view: the pedophile with a heart of gold; the North Korean defector who is disgusted with South Korean culture; the former East German prison guard who denies he did anything wrong; the well-meaning single-parent father clumsily trying to care for his toddler after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have destroyed southern Louisiana; the computer engineer endeavoring to help his paralyzed wife; and the cancer-stricken wife who feels jealous of women who offer help to her husband and children. The people in these stories are heartbreakingly unable to communicate with those dearest to them. Adam Johnson won a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Orphan Master's Son and his writing talent is quite evident in this collection of perceptive stories.