Min Jin Lee
Busan, Korea 1911: A club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old beauty. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.
Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.
Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.
Reviews, News & Interviews:
A deep, broad, addictive history of a Korean family in Japan. David Mitchell
Gripping... Pachinko is a stunning achievement, full of heart, full of grace, full of truth. Erica Wagner
Luminous... a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world. Junot Diaz