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Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 *A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017


Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER

In this gorgeous, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.

"There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones."

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

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ISBN-13:
9781455563920
9781455563920
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
11/14/2017
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
512
Sales rank:
74
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
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About the Author

About the Author

Min Jin Lee's debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the "Top 10 Novels of the Year" for The Times (London), NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. Her writings have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, The Times (London), Vogue, Travel+Leisure, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. She lives in New York with her family.
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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"The seminal English literary work of the Korean immigrant story in Japan...Lee's sentences and the novel's plotting feel seamless, so much so, that one wonders why we make such a fuss about writing at all. Her style is literary without calling attention to its lyricism."—Ploughshares

"Effortlessly carries the reader through generations, outlining its changing historical context without sacrificing the juicy details...Life is dynamic: in Pachinko, it carries on, rich and wondrous."—The Winnipeg Free Press

"The beautiful, overwhelming tone of the novel - and the one that will stay with you at the end - is one of hope, courage, and survival against all the odds."—The Iklkely Gazette UK

"An exquisite, haunting epic."—The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center & Bloom Magazine

"As an examination of immigration over generations, in its depth and empathy, Pachinko is peerless."—The Japan Times

"Lee shines in highlighting the complexities of being an immigrant and striving for a better life when resigned to a second-class status. In particular, she explores the mechanisms of internalized oppression and the fraught position of being a "well-behaved" member of a maligned group. When history has failed, and the game is rigged, what's left? Throughout Pachinko, it's acts of kindness and love. The slow accumulation of those moments create a home to return to again and again, even in the worst of times."—Paste Magazine

"This is honest writing, fiction that looks squarely at what is, both terrible and wonderful and occasionally as bracing as a jar of Sunja's best kimchi."—NPR Book Review

"Lee is a master plotter, but the larger issues of class, religion, outsider history and culture she addresses in Pachinko make this a tour de force you'll think about long after you finish reading."—National Book Review

"Pachinko gives us a moving and detailed portrait about what it's like to sit at the nexus of two cultures, and what it means to forge a home in a place that doesn't always welcome you."—Fusion

"If you want a book that challenges and expands your perspective, turn to Pachinko...in Lee's deft hands, the pages pass as effortlessly as time."—BookPage

"A big novel to lose yourself in or to find yourself anew-a saga of Koreans living in Japan, rejected by the country they call home, unable to return to Korea as wars and strife tear the region apart. The result is like a secret history of both countries burst open in one novel. I hope you love it like I did."—Alexander Chee, author of Queen of the Night and Edinburgh writing for the Book of the Month Club

"Sweeping and powerful"—The Toronto Star

"[An] immersive novel."—BBC.com's "10 Books to Read in 2017

"This family saga about a Korean family living in Japan sticks with you long after you've finished the 496th. I didn't want it to end."—Reading Women

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Customer Reviews (18)
This is a wonderful book that brings a bygone era to life.
This is a wonderful book that brings a bygone era to life.
- LeeAnna Keith
May 28, 2017
This book was beautifully written. I find that I usually do not lo ...
This book was beautifully written. I find that I usually do not love the main protagonist in a novel, but in this one, I loved all of the characters. They were perfect in every way and the story was amazing. I finished the book in just two days, and it's one of those books where I wished it kept on going. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a beautiful story, written over 4 generations and rich with history.
- Anonymous
February 13, 2017
Stories like these are my absolute favorite! I love when books sta ...
Stories like these are my absolute favorite! I love when books start out with one person or family and continue on through many generations. These are characters and people with whom you become friends and enemies, you love and you hate them, and they become family. I wanted this story to continue indefinitely, and I suppose it does, just not within the pages of the book. This story is rich with history and a perspective that you rarely see, and like many historical novels, I end up wanting to research more about the subject. Often I take notes when I’m reading a book, thoughts that strike me that I know I want to put into a review. There were no notes while I was reading this book, I was completely and utterly engrossed and there would be no stopping. This is by far the best book I have read in a long time, I imagine it will have lasting effects and I will recall it often. I was very inspired to try the different foods that are often featured, such as barley tea and I will be attempting to make kimchi in the very near future, and yes, there will be pictures. Even though I know this book was a long time in the making, I sincerely hope there are more from this author.
- literarymadness
February 8, 2017
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