Author(s): Min Jin Lee
Busan, Korea 1911: A club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fteen-year-old beauty. 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, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.
'A great book, a passionate story, a novel of magisterial sweep. It's also fiendishly readable - the real deal. An instant classic, a quick page-turner, and probably the best book of the year' Darin Strauss, New York Times-bestselling author of Chang and Eng. 'Luminous ... a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world' Junot Diaz. 'Gripping ... a stunning achievement, full of heart, full of grace, full of truth' Erica Wagner. 'The sweep of Dickens and Tolstoy applied to a twentieth-century Korean family in Japan' Gary Shteyngart.
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 Times and USA Today. She wrote Pachinko whilst living in Tokyo, and now lives in New York with her family.