Hear from author Min Jin Lee about her bestselling novel Pachinko, followed by a reception, book sale and book signing.
This timely read follows four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family, who are exiled from their homeland, and it showcases their struggles surrounding faith, family and identity in 20th century Japan.
Known as a popular pick among book clubs nationwide, Pachinko is a prior National Book Award finalist and a pick for the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. It was on more than 75 best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, and CNN, and will be translated into 30 languages.
In a review, the New York Times explains, Pachinko is about outsiders, minorities and the politically disenfranchised… Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative. Small details subtly reveal the characters’ secret selves and build to powerful moments.”
Mark the calendar and please join us in November as we dive into this book. Whether it’s grabbing a copy or joining a book group, Richland Library invites local residents to take part in One Book, One Community, which encourages reading the same book at the same time, and having meaningful conversations about relevant themes and issues.
* This is an after-hours event. The library will close as usual at 6:00 p.m. and will reopen at 6:30 p.m. for attendees of Meet the Author: Min Jin Lee.
Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018)
and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019). Her novel Pachinko
(2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton
Literary Peace Prize, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. She is also the author
of Free Food for Millionaires.
"Beautiful…Lee’s sweeping four-generation saga of a Korean family is an extraordinary epic.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
"If proof were needed that one family’s story can be the story of the whole world, then Pachinko offers that proof. Min Jin Lee’s novel is gripping from start to finish, crossing cultures and generations with breathtaking power. Pachinko is a stunning achievement, full of heart, full of grace, full of truth.”
– Erica Wagner, author of Ariel’s Gift and Seizure