Emporium by Adam Johnson

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Garnering advance praise from the likes of Ron Carlson, Mark Richard, and Jennifer Egan, Adam Johnson's Emporium marks the debut of a startling new voice in American fiction. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler raves, "Adam Johnson is the most exciting young writer I've ever read. . . . He gives extraordinary fictions that are at once universal and dazzlingly original."

The voices that inhabit Adam Johnson's debut collection are all on intimate terms with loss. Their worlds are dyed by the indigo of loneliness and the invisible ink of abandonment. Yearning for connection, all of these characters seek meaning in landscapes made uncertain by the voids where parents and lovers should be: a father searches a darkened zoo for his troubled son; in a condemned Kmart, a girl bares her bulletproof vest to the aim of her boyfriend's pistol; a physicist pines for an astronaut trapped on the moon. In other stories, a cancer victim controls a satellite, a sniper trains his scope on the girl of his dreams, and a young woman waits for an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent to kick down the doors to her heart. Through thrilling prose and fearless scenes, Johnson shows that Christian power-lifters and depressed robots are no more surreal than fathers who vanish or mothers who waste away.

About Adam Johnson

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Adam Johnson is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Paris Review, as well as Best New American Voices. He is currently working on his first novel.
Published April 1, 2002 by Viking Adult. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The most evolved of the tales is “The Canadanaut,” a story set in the 1960s that nevertheless feels like science fiction, about a team of Canadian scientists who are working to identify the sympathetic nature of the universe and in the meantime send a French-speaking, masturbating, bobsledding tr...

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Suburban life throbs with paranoid violence in the subtly skewed, futuristic world that Johnson envisions in this nervy debut collection of nine stories, each bristling with inventive energy.

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The Paris Review

On December 19, 2011, one of the main characters in Adam Johnson’s new novel, The Orphan Master’s Son , died.

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