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The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master's Son is set in North Korea where the state decides the story of everyone's life, and where any perceived transgression can have one sent to one of its notorious prison camps. Jun Do is man who was raised in an orphanage, even though he wasn't an orphan, and who became a spy and a kidnapper for the government. An ill-conceived spy mission to Texas goes awry, and Jun Do finds himself in one of the prison camps. But he meets and falls in love with a famous actress, and hatches a plan to write his own story. Adam Johnson's novel has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "In making his hero, and the nightmare he lives through, come so thoroughly alive, Mr. Johnson has written a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice."