Adam Johnson Reads From His Novel, ‘The Orphan Master’s Son’

BY Jeffrey Brown  January 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM EDT

The death last month of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and the naming of his son as successor briefly opened a small window on that secretive and repressive nation, but so much remains unknown and unseen.

One way in is a new work of fiction receiving much acclaim titled “The Orphan Master’s Son.” Its author is Adam Johnson, who teaches creative writing at Stanford University. I spoke to him on Monday’s NewsHour about his book. You can watch that conversation here. Below he reads an excerpt: