Parasites Like Us (Paperback)

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Johnson won the 2013 Pulitzer for his 2nd novel, The Orphan Master's Son, but this debut novel is equally genius. Set in Johnson's home of South Dakota, the novel chronicles the end of society as we know it. Wonderfully imaginative and unique from the first page. It's easy to see the brilliance and promise of Johnson before his work was highly regarded.

— Beckett

Johnson won the 2013 Pulitzer for his 2nd novel, The Orphan Master's Son, but this debut novel is equally genius. Set in Johnson's home of South Dakota, the novel chronicles the end of society as we know it. Wonderfully imaginative and unique from the first page. It's easy to see the brilliance and promise of Johnson before his work was highly regarded.

— From Beckett

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The debut novel by the author of The Orphan Master's Son(winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize) and the story collection Fortune Smiles (winner of the 2015 National Book Award)
Hailed as "remarkable" by the New Yorker, Emporium earned Adam Johnson comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and T.C. Boyle. In his acclaimed first novel, Parasites Like Us, Johnson takes us on an enthralling journey through memory, time, and the cost of mankind's quest for its own past.

Anthropologist Hank Hannah has just illegally exhumed an ancient American burial site and winds up in jail. But the law will soon be the least of his worries. For, buried beside the bones, a timeless menace awaits that will set the modern world back twelve thousand years and send Hannah on a quest to save that which is dearest to him. A brilliantly evocative apocalyptic adventure told with Adam Johnson's distinctive dark humor, Parasites Like Us is a thrilling tale of mankind on the brink of extinction.

About the Author


Adam Johnson, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, teaches creative writing at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, Harper's, Missouri Review, and New England Review, as well as Best New American Voices. He is the author of the short story collection Emporium and The Orphan Master's Son, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

Praise For…


A fantastically twisted and terrifying first novel. (Esquire)

A grim romp of a first novel... great ingenuity and bravado . . . an artifact of real ambition and originality. (The New York Times Book Review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780142004777
ISBN-10: 0142004774
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 26th, 2004
Pages: 352
Language: English