NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 *A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS * FINALIST FOR THE 2018 DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington PostNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER * WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLERIn 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. *Includes reading group guide*
You know that you have reached a pinnacle in your career, if you become a Double Jeopardy clue on the popular television show Jeopardy. Min Jin Lee was given that unique honor in July of 2018 under the category of, "Literary Types". Lee is definitely one of the best of the premier fiction writers in the world. She has received more awards and more notoriety than many other authors combined. Her novel, Pachinko, written in 2017, was the main work that garnered Lee such literary praise from all levels of critics, among them being an Adweek Creative 100, which placed her among the 10 Writers and Editors Who are Changing the National Conversation.
Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, but her family came to the United States in 1976. She grew up in Elmhurst, Queens, New York from the age of 7. She spent much of her time in the library, where she learned to read and write. After earning her degrees, Lee worked as a corporate lawyer in New York for several years before she began her writing career in earnest. She has lectured at prestigious universities and colleges around the world. She now lives in New York with her son, Sam and her husband Christopher Duffy.