Pachinko

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Head of Zeus, Aug 3, 2017 - Families - 537 pages

* Shortlisted for the National Book Award *
* One of the New York Times's 10 Best Books of 2017 *
* Selected for Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf book club *

'This is a captivating book ... Min Jin Lee's novel takes us through four generations and each character's search for identity and success. It's a powerful story about resilience and compassion' BARACK OBAMA.

Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.

Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja's salvation is just the beginning of her story.

Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinkois an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.

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4 generation saga of Koreans who left to live in Japan and dealt with ongoing discrimination. Even though the younger generations were born in Japan, they were not citizens. They had to have South ... Read full review

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Pachinko is a recreational game compared to the slot machine in the western world. Originating in Japan, where gambling is illegal, it is often associated with criminal activity, although it still ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Min Jin Lee is an author and journalist. Her debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was named as one of the 'Top 10 Novels of the Year' by the Timesand USA Today. She wrote Pachinkowhilst living in Tokyo, and now lives in New York with her family.

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