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Min Jin Lee

Experience a breathtaking journey of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty in this novel. Set in the early 1900s, follow Sunja, a young girl who falls for a wealthy stranger and becomes pregnant. Deciding to marry a gentle sickly minister instead, Sunja's decision sets off a dramatic saga that spans generations. With complex and passionate characters, this novel takes you on a journey through bustling markets, the halls of prestigious universities, and the criminal underworld. Richly told and profoundly moving, this is a tale of strong women, devoted siblings, and fathers struggling with moral crisis against the backdrop of history.
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The trailer for PACHINKO looks amazing. Nervous about this. I absolutely loved the book! @minjinlee11      source
I'm in awe of this book and the way it combines a 19th-century novel's powers of submersion with a blazingly contemporary sense of ethics. I was basically gasping as I read this saga of an ethnically Korean family in Japan - desperate to know what happened next, overwhelmed with love and sorrow.      source
@HartHanson I really enjoyed the book and was a little nervous about seeing an adaptation But now I’ll check it out!      source
@rachsyme Isn’t it amazing??? It is one of my favorite books of all time!!      source
@khemaridh That's one of my very favourite books! @minjinlee11 what would you recommend as one of your books to read after Pachinko? 🙏      source
So... a confession. I finally, finally had time to read Pachinko this weekend, I know I know years after. I had a hard time letting go of the book, and the characters. What a delight. I think it felt more meaningful to me having visited S Korea. Time for Korean food 🤤      source
You are never late to a book, but this is one that has been recommended to me for years and I was so glad I got to it. Great storytelling, huge sweep of characters, moving, a neglected history. Do read Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (thanks ⁦@gabylee__⁩ for urging me to read).      source
THIS is one hell of a book. 💕💕💕      source