Earning a coveted spot among the New York Times’s top 10 books of 2017, and named as Roxane Gay’s favourite book of the year, Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko is a deep, broad, addictive history of a Korean family in Japan enduring and prospering through the 20th century. Junot Díaz says Pachinko “confirms Lee’s place among our finest novelists”. Fairfax literary editor Jason Steger sits down with the New York–based author to talk about her luminous novel that speaks to the struggles of immigrants in foreign lands.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Min Jin Lee (International)

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Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. A New York Times bestseller, Pachinko was in the Top 10 Books of the Year for The New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, the BBC, CBC, the New York Public Library and the Chicago Public Library. Pachinko was on more than six dozen best books of the year lists around the world, including NPR, PBS, CNN, History channel, Esquire, Financial Times, Amazon, Financial Review, New Statesman, Chicago Tribune, Whitcoulls 100, and The Irish Times. Min’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires was in the Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today.

Jason Steger (Australian)

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Jason Steger is Fairfax's literary editor and a regular panellist on ABC TV's The Book Club