“Lee’s stunning novel, her second, chronicles four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself from the years before World War II to the late 1980s.”
Featured in New York Times’ Best 10 Books of 2017.
“Japan’s bright, noisy pachinko parlors hide a dark secret. These pinball emporiums are run mostly by Japan’s Korean minority because for decades it was the only employment available to them.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
Pachinko is vividly portrayed, page-taking novel by the talented author, Min Jin Lee. It follows the journey of the teenager, Sunja, the beloved daughter of a cripple fisherman. The family resides near the seashore of Korea.
The young woman hopelessly falls in love with a handsome and wealthy stranger. Theirs is a whirlwind affair filled with passion. It all falls apart though, when Sunja finds out that she is pregnant. The man she thought herself in love with turns out to be a liar and a cheat. He is a married man.
Sunja is heartbroken but instead of accepting his offer to be bought, she accepts the marriage proposal of a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. Her decision to reject her son’s affluent and powerful father and to leave the only home she has ever known sets off a chain of events that has implications for generations down the line.
First and foremost, Pachinko is a love story. The tales blends these such as sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty flawless while taking the reader on an adventure through the bustling street markets, the halls of the finest universities and even to the pachinko parlors of the crime-filled underworld of Japan.
The characters are strong and complex, and drive this story straight into the heart of readers. This novel is so strongly impactful that has gained several recognitions including:
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