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The acclaimed and explosive debut short story collection by the Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction 2013

* By the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013 and the EFG/Sunday Times Best Short Story Award 2014

* 'An idiosyncratic and compelling voice' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

An ATF raid, a moonshot gone wrong, a busload of female cancer victims determined to live life to the fullest - these are some of the compelling themes explored in this funny, sad, brilliantly bizarre debut collection. A lovesick teenage Cajun girl, a gay astrophysicist, a teenage sniper on Los Angeles police payroll, a post apocalyptic bulletproof-vest salesman - each seeks connection and meaning in landscapes made uncertain by the voids parents and lovers should fill.


Adam Johnson's stories capture youth's torque, its weird braid of exhilaration and loneliness. Except there's nothing humdrum here. Each of Johnson's fantasies, each peculiar landscape, glows hot with imagination


Masterful ... beautifully crafted ... achingly poignant ... cleverly funny

San Francisco Chronicle

Johnson's audacious work blows the covers off the short story and leaves the genre newly invigorated

Chicago Tribune

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Also by Adam Johnson

Fortune Smiles: Stories
Parasites Like Us
The Orphan Master's Son


The Handmaid's Tale
Uncommon Type
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
Paris For One And Other Stories
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Dragonfly In Amber
The Bear and The Nightingale
Men Without Women
Swing Time
Fifty Shades Darker
Ready Player One
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles