Pachinko

By Min Jin Lee
Read by Allison Hiroto

18.27 Hours 02/07/2017 unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781478967439

  • ISBN: 9781478945482

In this bestselling, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in twentieth-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.

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Summary

Summary

A Library Journal Best Audiobook selection for 2017

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction

A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year selection

Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far

An Elle Magazine Pick for Women

A Huffington Post Pick of Must-Read Books by Women from the Past 5 Years

A USA Today Best Book of 2017

Entertainment Weekly Pick of Best New Books

An NPR Pick for 2017

A 2018 RUSA Notable Book in Fiction

A PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club Pick for July

Shortlisted for the 2017 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award

Paste Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2017 (So Far)

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

A BookPage Best Book of 2017

A Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year selection

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, Editor's Top Pick for February 2017

Millions.com Pick

A BookRiot Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of 2017

A Literary Hub Pick of Best Novel of the Year

An iBooks bestseller in Fiction and LIterature

In this bestselling, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in twentieth-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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Hiroto brings a subtle, down-to-earth realism to the story of Sunja.” Library Journal (starred audio review)
Pachinko remains gently affecting as an audio.” AudioFile
“A powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world.” Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
A social novel in the Dickensian vein...frequently heartbreaking. USA Today
“The novel expertly portrays the rituals and mores specific to ethnic Korean culture even as it also poignantly captures the universally complicated relationships between family members, lovers and friends. The writing is spare and evocative.” New York Times
“An extraordinary epic, both sturdily constructed and beautiful.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Combining the detail of a documentary with the empathy of the best fiction, it’s a sheer delight.” Daily Mail (London)
“Stunning…Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative.” New York Times Book Review
An exquisite, haunting epic...'moments of shimmering beauty and some glory, too,' illuminate the narrative...Lee's profound novel...is shaped by impeccable research, meticulous plotting, and empathic perception. Booklist (starred review)
A sprawling and immersive historical work... Reckoning with one determined, wounded family's place in history, Lee's novel is an exquisite meditation on the generational nature of truly forging a home. Publishers Weekly
Astounding. The sweep of Dickens and Tolstoy applied to a 20th century Korean family in Japan. Min Jin Lee’s PACHINKO tackles all the stuff most good novels do-family, love, cabbage-but it also asks questions that have never been more timely. What does it mean to be part of a nation? And what can one do to escape its tight, painful, familiar bonds?” Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author
Both for those who love Korea, as well as for those who know no more than Hyundai, Samsung and kimchi, this extraordinary book will prove a revelation of joy and heartbreak. I could not stop turning the pages, and wished this most poignant of sagas would never end. Min Jin Lee displays a tenderness and wisdom ideally matched to an unforgettable tale that she relates just perfectly. Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author
PACHINKO is elegant and soulful, both intimate and sweeping. This story of several generations of one Korean family in Japan is the story of every family whose parents sacrificed for their children, every family whose children were unable to recognize the cost, but it's also the story of a specific cultural struggle in a riveting time and place. Min Jin Lee has written a big, beautiful book filled with characters I rooted for and cared about and remembered after I'd read the final page. Kate Christensen, Pen/Faulkner-winning author
“An old-fashioned epic whose simple, captivating storytelling delivers both wisdom and truth.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The breadth and depth of challenges come through clearly, without sensationalization. The sporadic victories are oases of sweetness, without being saccharine. Lee makes it impossible not to develop tender feelings towards her characters--all of them, even the most morally compromised. Their multifaceted engagements with identity, family, vocation, racism, and class are guaranteed to provide your most affecting sobfest of the year. BookRiot
A beautifully crafted story of love, loss, determination, luck, and perseverance...Lee's skillful development of her characters and story lines will draw readers into the work. Those who enjoy historical fiction with strong characterizations will not be disappointed as they ride along on the emotional journeys offered in the author's latest page-turner. Library Journal (starred review)
If proof were needed that one family's story can be the story of the whole world, then PACHINKO offers that proof. Min Jin Lee's novel is gripping from start to finish, crossing cultures and generations with breathtaking power. PACHINKO is a stunning achievement, full of heart, full of grace, full of truth. Erica Wagner, author of Ariel's Gift and Seizure

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee is a writer whose debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the “Top 10 Novels of the Year” for the Times (London), NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Her writings have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Times (London), Vogue, Travel+Leisure, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 18.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English