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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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About the Author
Min Jin Lee's debut novel,Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the "Top 10 Novels of the Year" forThe Times(London), NPR'sFresh Air, andUSA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR'sSelected Shorts. Her writings have appeared inCond? Nast Traveler,The Times(London),Vogue,Travel+Leisure,Wall Street Journal,New York Times Magazine, andFood & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for theChosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. She lives in New York with her family.
Publisher:Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (November 14, 2017)