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by Min Jin Lee

Spanning nearly 100 years of history, Pachinko is an unforgettable story of love, sacrifice, ambition and loyalty told through four generations of one family.


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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552 pages


Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction


First published February 7, 2017
March 13, 2020 by Head of Zeus GB


Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for Fiction (2018),
National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (2017),
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2017),
Reading Women Award for Fiction (2017),
Litsy Award for Historical Fiction (2017),
RUSA CODES Reading List Nominee for Historical Fiction (2018),
Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2019)