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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the The Orphan Master’s Son comes a major short-story collection for readers of Junot Díaz and George Saunders.

In post-Katrina Louisiana, a young man and his new girlfriend search for the mother of his son. In Palo Alto, a programmer whose wife has a rare disease finds solace in a digital simulacrum of the president. In contemporary Berlin, a former Stasi agent ponders his past. And in the stunning title story, a woman with cancer rages against the idea of her family without her.

Hugely inventive and endlessly energetic, Fortune Smiles is a funny, heart-wrenching, surprising collection that shows Johnson writing at the top of his form.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Adam Johnson] serves up six sinewy stories that shock and surprise in his edgy, inviting Fortune Smiles…[They’re] compulsively readable tales about characters whose lives are largely ignored, undervalued, or simply uncharted and whose voices we seldom hear.”


  • “Entrancing.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Adam Johnson’s [stories] will burrow their way into your heart, leaving you shaken but also exhilarated and enriched…[His] writing is as rich in compassion as it is in invention, and that rare combination makes Fortune Smiles worth treasuring.”

    USA Today (4 stars)

  • “Every one [of Johnson’s stories] carves out its own little corner of weird, indelible humanity. Grade: A.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Johnson packs more voice in his stories than most authors do in a novel.”


  • “All the stories here share eerie settings and challenged characters rendered exquisitely believable in Johnson’s vivid prose.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for September 2015
  • Winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Best Fiction of 2015
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015
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