Parasites Like Us by Adam Johnson

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This is the debut novel by the author of The Orphan Master's Son: winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013. After trashing his cherry '72 Corvette, illegally breaking into an ancient burial site, and snacking on 12,000-year-old popcorn, Hank Hannah finds that he's inadvertently unleashed the apocalypse. Hank, a professor of anthropology back in the days when there were still co-eds to ogle and now one of only twelve humans still alive on earth, decides to record the last days of human civilization for whomever - or whatever - might replace us.

About Adam Johnson

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Adam Johnson, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, teaches at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in such publications as Esquire and Harper’s, as well as Best New American Fiction four years running (a record).
Published August 18, 2003 by Viking. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The discovery of a Clovis arrowhead helps substantiate his claim, but disaster strikes when Hannah and two graduate students, publicity hound Brent Eggers and formidable Trudy Labelle, try to dig up the remains of a Clovis male.

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Review: A chilling and wildly inventive tale of the apocalypse, interrupted by wandering meditations on loss, regret and progress.

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Book Reporter

Eggers then leads the hungry Hannah to the 3,000 year-old gravesite that yielded the blade and that resides --- conveniently enough --- not far from the campus itself, near an Indian casino.

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AV Club

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Hannah resists, mostly out of fear that his career-making theories might suffer, but the experiment's success leads them to an unsanctioned dig that unearths weird artifacts pointing the world toward apocalypse.

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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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