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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


USA Today bestseller


National Bestseller

In this bestselling, 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:
2,036
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

…stunning…Like most memorable novels…Pachinko resists summary. In this sprawling book, history itself is a character. Pachinko is about outsiders, minorities and the politically disenfranchised. But it is so much more besides. Each time the novel seems to find its locus—Japan's colonization of Korea, World War II as experienced in East Asia, Christianity, family, love, the changing role of women—it becomes something else. It becomes even more than it was. Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative. Small details subtly reveal the characters' secret selves and build to powerful moments…In this haunting epic tale, no one story seems too minor to be briefly illuminated. Lee suggests that behind the facades of wildly different people lie countless private desires, hopes and miseries, if we have the patience and compassion to look and listen.

The New York Times Book Review - Krys Lee
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Customer Reviews (10)
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
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
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
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