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Min Jin Lee with Jeannette Watson Sanger, Pachinko: A Novel

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM
| Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a tubercular young minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan.

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland, caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

In this event, Ms. Lee will converse with Library trustee Jeannette Watson Sanger.

Min Jin Lee’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was a Top 10 Novels of the Year for the Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Her writings have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, the Times of London, Vogue, Travel+Leisure, the Wall Street Journal, and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. From 2007 to 2011 she lived in Tokyo, where she researched and wrote Pachinko.

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