Kim Jong Il’s oldest son is about to release a book in Japan and journalists are preparing to jump on it to try to uncover information about the secretive regime (see the Washington Post ”Political Bookworm” blog).
Curiosity about North Korea may be driving interest in Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, (Random House) a thriller about a North Korean soldier, which is based in part on firsthand accounts from defectors from that country.
It’s receiving strong reviews, even from the hard-to-please NYT critic, Michiko Kakutani. The Washington Post says it turns “implausible fact…into entirely believable fiction” and NPR’s The Takeaway took a look at the impressive research behind the book.
Libraries have ordered lightly and several are showing growing holds (thanks to Janet Lockhart at Wake County Library, NC, for the tip).