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Author: Min Jin Lee Narrator: Allison Hiroto Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781478907121

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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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  • “Min Jin Lee draws you in from the first line, ‘History has failed us, but no matter’…It’s a powerful story about resilience and compassion.”

    - Barack Obama
  • “Astounding. The sweep of Dickens and Tolstoy applied to a twentieth-century Korean family in Japan.”

    - Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author
  • “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.”

    - Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author
  • A social novel in the Dickensian vein...frequently heartbreaking.

    - USA Today
  • “What makes the book impossible to put down is how elegantly Min Jin Lee captures the heartache of her characters and how she moves across this sprawling family saga from one generation to the next. In reading this tale about family, we learned a little bit more about ours.”

    - New York Times
  • “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
  • “Combining the detail of a documentary with the empathy of the best fiction.”

    - Daily Mail (London)
  • “An extraordinary epic, both sturdily constructed and beautiful.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Narrator Hiroto brings a subtle, down-to-earth realism to the story of Sunja.”

    - Library Journal (starred audio review)
  • “An old-fashioned epic whose simple, captivating storytelling delivers both wisdom and truth.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Pachinko remains gently affecting as an audio.”

    - AudioFile
  • An exquisite, haunting epic...'moments of shimmering beauty and some glory, too,' illuminate the narrative...Lee's profound shaped by impeccable research, meticulous plotting, and empathic perception.

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “A powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world.”

    - Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


  • A BookRiot Pick of Best Books in Audio
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • Paste Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2017 (So Far)
  • Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction
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  • An Elle Magazine Pick for Women
  • Entertainment Weekly Pick of Best New Books
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017
  • Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
  • An NPR Pick for 2017
  • A USA Today Best Book of 2017
  • A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year selection
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2017
  • A Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year selection
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook selection for 2017
  • Shortlisted for the 2017 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award
  • A 2018 RUSA Notable Book in Fiction
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Best Novel of the Year
  • A Huffington Post Pick of Must-Read Books by Women from the Past 5 Years
  • An iBooks bestseller in Fiction and LIterature
  • A PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club Pick
  • A Barack Obama Reading List Pick
  • An Oprah Magazine Pick of Books about Immigration That Capture the Experience

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Allison Hiroto is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.