And the Winner Is…


After a month of victories and losses and thrilling deliberation, the Morning News‘s Tournament of Books has chosen a championThe Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson!

The harrowing, North Korea–set epic beat out The Fault in Our Stars by John Green in the final round by a score of 14 to 3. Says Lev Grossman, one of the judges, “The scope of what Johnson did in this book is just stunning—the extremes of emotion he puts his characters through, the beauty and hideousness of the world he builds, the range and diversity of the ideas he manages to bind into one single story.”

Congratulations to Johnson, whom we interviewed about the winning novel in 2012.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →