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Author: Min Jin Lee Narrator: Allison Hiroto Publisher: Hachette Book Group 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, fathers shaken by moral crisis-survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

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  • “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
  • “An extraordinary epic, both sturdily constructed and beautiful.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “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 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
  • 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, "Most Anticipated Books of 2017"
  • An absorbing saga of 20th-century Korean experience... the destinies of Sunja's children and grandchildren unfold, love, luck, and talent combine with cruelty and random misfortune in a deeply compelling story, with the trouble of ethnic Koreans living in Japan never far from view. An old-fashioned epic whose simple, captivating storytelling delivers both wisdom and truth.

    - Kirkus (Starred Review)
  • Pachinko is a rich, well-crafted book as well as a page turner. Its greatest strength in this regard lies in Lee's ability to shift suddenly between perspectives. We never linger too long with a single character, constantly refreshing our point of view, giving the narrative dimension and depth. Add to that her eye and the prose that captures setting so well, and it would not be surprising to see Pachinko on a great many summer reading lists.

    - Asian Review of Books
  • 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 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)
  • Brilliant, subtle...gripping...What drives this novel is the magisterial force of Lee's characterization...As heartbreaking as it is compelling, PACHINKO is a timely meditation on all that matters to humanity in an age of mass migration and uncertainty.

    - South China Morning Post Magazine
  • Everything I want in a family saga novel, a deep dive immersion into a complete world full of rich and complex lives to follow as they tumble towards fate and fortune...PACHINKO will break your heart in all the right ways.

    - Vela Magazine
  • Expansive, elegant and utterly absorbing...Combining the detail of a documentary with the empathy of the best fiction, it's a sheer delight.

    - The Daily Mail
  • Deftly brings its large ensemble of characters alive.

    - The Financial Times
  • Spanning nearly 100 years and moving from Korea at the start of the 20th century to pre- and postwar Osaka and, finally, Tokyo and Yokohama, the novel reads like a long, intimate hymn to the struggles of people in a foreign land...Much of the novel's authority is derived from its weight of research, which brings to life everything from the fishing village on the coast of the East Sea in early 20th-century Korea to the sights and smells of the shabby Korean township of Ikaino in Osaka - the intimate, humanising details of a people striving to carve out a place for themselves in the world. Vivid and immersive, Pachinko is a rich tribute to a people that history seems intent on erasing.

    - The Guardian (UK)
  • Min Jin Lee has produced a beautifully realized saga of an immigrant family in a largely hostile land, trying to establish its own way of belonging.

    - The Times Literary Supplement


  • A BookRiot Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of 2017
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, Editor's Top Pick for February 2017
  • Paste Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2017 (So Far)
  • Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction
  • Pick
  • 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

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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.