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Pachinko Book Summary

National Bestseller

A new tour de force from the bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, for readers of A Fine Balance and Cutting for Stone.

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, 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. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja's family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

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Pachinko - Min Jin Lee Reviews


    By Maddie'sgrandma
    Got this book and put it aside....then picked it up and now I cannot put it down!!!! Wonderful story.....don't pass this one up because you'll be sorry!!
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    By Pompon pomp
    Good read!
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    By Peg1gy
    This book has renewed my faith in good stories. Eye opening, heart breaking, and good writing makes this novel impossible to put down. I learned a lot about history and life. Thank you for you talent!

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