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Book Review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This novel was utterly absorbing
Roxane Gay

A sweeping, epic intergenerational novel, Pachinko is Min Jin Lee’s second work to tell the stories of the Korean diaspora, and the first English novel to examine Korean–Japanese culture at a time when Koreans were no more than subaltern. Set first in Korea and then Japan, the novel follows a string of characters within a single family as they subsist and then prosper, constantly in a state of flux under Japanese rule.

From Roxane Gay: “I cannot say enough about Pachinko. This novel was utterly absorbing. I read it voraciously and was so taken by the writing, by the elegance of the prose, the sweeping ambition and scope of the narrative, how much I learned without feeling lectured, how I wanted so very much for the characters and was very invested in their lives. I love this book.”

Join us 5 August for this special event, An Evening with Min Jin Lee. Tickets now on-sale.