By Margaret Mager
Nov. 15, 2017: The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library are encouraging book clubs to read Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award, a national bestseller, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice, in preparation for a special conversation with the author that will take place on the evening of Tuesday, January 23, 2018, in the library’s Yeager Room. Min Jin Lee will be interviewed by Bronxville’s Sissel McCarthy, distinguished lecturer and director of the journalism program at Hunter College, and the audience will participate in a book discussion.
Hachette Book Group, the book's publisher, describes the book on its website: "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. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.
"So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. ... Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity."
Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her, describes Pachinko as “luminous” and “a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world. Pachinko confirms Lee’s place among our finest novelists.”
The paperback of Pachinko is available at Bronxville’s Womrath Bookshop.
Pachinko is an Amazon Top Ten Book of the Month and a selection of the Book of the Month Club and is a “top read” or a most anticipated book for BBC.com, Newsweek.com, Stylist.co.UK, PublishersWeekly.com, Esquire.com, LitHub.com, TheMillions.com, ChicagoReviewofBooks.com, BuzzFeed.com, BookRiot.com, BookPage.com, Elle.com, DailyMail.co.UK, and Nylon.com.
The book also has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, Publishers Weekly Radio, and NPR’s Book Reviews.
Lee’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller. It was one of the Top 10 Novels of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today.
The event on January 23, 2018, is open to the public. For more information, email
Pictured here: The author Min Jin Lee.
Photo by Elena Siebert