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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Johnson Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Johnathan McClain, W. Morgan Sheppard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781101890226
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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 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
  • Winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Best Fiction of 2015
  • A BookPage Top Pick for September 2015
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About the Author
Author Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Paris Review, Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories. His other works include Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites like Us. He lives in San Francisco.

About the Narrators

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

Johnathan McClain is an American actor, voice-over talent, and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He pursued stage acting in New York for a number of years and has appeared in many television series, including Law & Order: SVU, Medium, Scoundrels, and CSI: Miami. He also has several narration credits, including Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and Jeremy Logan novels by Lincoln Child.

W. Morgan Sheppard is an award-winning British actor who has appeared on Broadway and in major films and television shows. His audiobook narrations have garnered three Audie Awards and an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has appeared in numerous films and television series, including Star Trek, Mad Men, and the movie Transformers, among many others, and has won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award.