Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2017 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award
A USA Today Best Book of 2017
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year selection
A Barack Obama Reading List Pick
Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far
An iBooks bestseller in Fiction and LIterature
A BookRiot Pick of Best Books in Audio
A Library Journal Best Audiobook selection for 2017
An NPR Pick for 2017
An Elle Magazine Pick for Women
An Oprah Magazine Pick of Books about Immigration That Capture the Experience
A Huffington Post Pick of Must-Read Books by Women from the Past 5 Years
Entertainment Weekly Pick of Best New Books
A 2018 RUSA Notable Book in Fiction
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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
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A Literary Hub Pick of Best Novel of the Year
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
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, and fathers shaken by moral crisis—survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.
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