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Apollo, 2017 - Domestic fiction - 537 pages
"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."--Publisher's description.

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User Review  - VaterOlsen - LibraryThing

Follow four generations of change in Sunja and Isak's family tree as the forces of the larger world create obstacles and opportunity in Korea and Japan. While this is a work of historical fiction ... Read full review

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

This novel encompasses three generations and has an epic feel. Following the same family through much of the twentieth century, this book starts in Korea and follows the family as they emigrate to ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Min Jin Lee is the bestselling author of two novels. Pachinkowas a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a New York Timesbestseller and was included on over 75 best books of the year lists. It is currently being adapted for television by Apple TV. Lee's debut novel Free Food for Millionaireswas a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times, NPR's Fresh Airand USA Today. Min Jin Lee's writings have appeared in The New Yorker, the TLS, the Guardian, Conde Nast Traveler, The Timesand the Wall Street Journal, among others. In 2019, Lee was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame. She serves as a trustee of PEN America, a director of the Authors Guild and on the National Advisory Board of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard.

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