Pachinko

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Head of Zeus, Aug 3, 2017 - Japan - 537 pages
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* Shortlisted for the National Book Award *
* One of the New York Times's 10 Best Books of 2017. *

Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing villageon 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 pregnantby 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 hostilecountry 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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User Review  - devilish2 - www.librarything.com

I love that this book tells me the stories of people's experience that I was completely unaware of - the immigrant Korean experience in Japan. I somehow was expecting a lot of this book, I'd seen ... Read full review

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User Review  - breic - www.librarything.com

This book started slow, for me. I had a hard time identifying with the main characters. They were so passive, afraid often even to talk. But their situation, in occupied Korea, was very curious… Over ... 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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