Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks
So, Johnson's book is no walk in the park, but if you can tough out the really grim parts, he diversifies the book's tone with a surprising amount of humor, romance, and beautiful surrealist set pieces. The Orphan Master's Son has been called Dickensian a million times already due to its rags-to-riches-to-rags structure, but the book really deserves the comparison for its epic scope and the beating, humanist heart that persists throughout the protagonist's numerous trials. Not to mention the beautiful, beautiful writing. Structurally, artistically, the book is a marvel-- as a work of pure compassion, though, it is almost unmatched.