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Emporium : stories

Author: Adam Johnson
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 Adam Johnson explores in his funny, sad, and brilliantly bizarre debut collection. A lovesick teenage Cajun girl, a gay Canadian astrophysicist, a teenage sniper on the LAPD payroll, a post-apocalyptic bulletproof-vest salesman--each seeks connection and meaning in  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Johnson
ISBN: 0142001953 9780142001950
OCLC Number: 52368604
Description: 246 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Teen sniper --
Your own backyard --
Death-dealing Cassini satellite --
Trauma plate --
Cliffs gods of Acapulco --
Jughead of Berlin --
History of cancer --
Canadanaut --
Eighth sea.
Responsibility: Adam Johnson.

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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 Adam Johnson explores in his funny, sad, and brilliantly bizarre debut collection. A lovesick teenage Cajun girl, a gay Canadian astrophysicist, a teenage sniper on the LAPD payroll, a post-apocalyptic bulletproof-vest salesman--each seeks connection and meaning in landscapes made uncertain by the voids that parents and lovers should fill. With imaginative grave and verbal acuity, Johnson is satirical without being cold, clever without being cloying, and heartbreaking without being sentimental. He shreds the veneer of our media-saturated, self-help society, revealing the lonely isolation that binds us all together.

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