Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) - Min Jin Lee

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

By Min Jin Lee

  • Release Date: 2017-02-07
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 41 Ratings)
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National Bestseller
Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post
In this bestselling, 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.


  • Powerful and engrossing!

    By Jwil'smom
    Captivating characters whose lives are told with beauty and tenderness. This book also filled a wide, gaping void in my knowledge of Korea-Japan relations. Supremely satisfying on every level
  • Very good

    By Cut wood
    Good story, good writing, good character development. Interesting to learn about the Korean/Japanese experience. I recommend this book. It was such a pleasure to read.
  • Fantastic read!

    By Gracie2me
    Great praise for Min Jin in her translation of history into such a wonderful story - the writing is vivid with well written imagery that takes the reader through the journeys of each character from 1910 to 1989. Wow. With each chapter, you feel the challenges, suffering but also the love, gratefulness and family strength in perseverance. I'm looking forward to reading Free Food and hope to see more published works!

    By Maddie'sgrandma
    Got this book and put it aside....then picked it up and now I cannot put it down!!!! Wonderful story.....don't pass this one up because you'll be sorry!!
  • Very interesting

    By Pompon pomp
    Good read!
  • Pachinko

    By Peg1gy
    This book has renewed my faith in good stories. Eye opening, heart breaking, and good writing makes this novel impossible to put down. I learned a lot about history and life. Thank you for you talent!