Pachinko

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Author: Min Jin Lee

9781838930509 | PB | pp. 560 | 2020 | Head of Zeus

Spanning nearly a hundred years, Pachinko recreates the history of the “Zainichi”, a large community of Korean immigrants to Japan through the story of Sunja.

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Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on 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 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.

The novel was inspired by a guest lecture the author attended at Yale in 1989. Where she was introduced to the concept of “Zainichi” and heard the true story of a young boy bullied due to being of Korean decent.

Additional information

Author:

Min Jin Lee

ISBN:

9781838930509

Publisher:

Head of Zeus

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

416

Year of Publication:

560

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

About the Author

The author is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018), the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2000). Her novel Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. A New York Times Bestseller, Pachinko was also a Top 10 Books of the Year for BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the New York Public Library. Pachinko was a selection for “Now Read This,” the joint book club of PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. It was on over 75 best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, and CNN.

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