Author: Min Jin Lee
Year of Publication: 2017
Date of Review: May 31, 2020
This is a captivating book I read at the suggestion of a young staffer on my team — a historical novel about the Korean immigrant experience in wartime Japan. Min Jin Lee’s novel takes us through four generations and each character’s search for identity and success. It’s a powerful story about resilience and compassion.”
– President Barack Obama
Our first TRG Book club monthly read is “Pachinko” the 2017 Sophomore novel by Min Jin Lee, the National Best-selling author of Free Food for Millionaires.
In the author’s own words Pachinko “follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.
So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.”
For the month of May the TRG Book club will conduct a deep dive into Pachinko, which is reputed to be the first novel concerning Korean-Japanese relations specifically written for an English-speaking audience.
Pachinko is also highly rated by a majority of readers and promises easy-to-love characters and a heartwarming story.
Join me to read Pachinko throughout the month of May and to review and discuss this novel at the end of the month.
In the comments below suggest what novel our TRG Book Club should review for the month of June.
Featured Image Source: