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The Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master's Son is a weird but wonderful book.  It follows the life of an orphan in North Korea (who's not really an orphan) who becomes a fisherman (but not really) and then a high ranking official (but again, not really). In North Korea, the truth is elusive!

If you're at all interested in North Korea, you'll enjoy this book.  It takes place in an imagined (but realistic) North Korea that's reminiscent of Orwell's Oceania.  The approach has sparked some criticism, but I found it terrifying and all-too-real.  This is not a book for the squeamish.

I expect that The Orphan Master's Son will get attention come reward season.  It's great literature and a gripping read.Here's a review from The Guardian, one from The Telegraph, and another from the Toronto Star.