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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  - hskey - LibraryThing

A tremendous book. It's one of the few instances I can think of where I wanted the book to be another 100, or 200 pages; what I got was simply not enough, and that's a sign of a great read and a 5 ... Read full review

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I was not a fan of the author's first novel, Free Food for Millionaires, but I feel very differently about Pachinko, a multi-generational family saga that captures. much of the history and experience ... 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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