Author Talk: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


DATE  Thursday, January 11, 2018
TIME   7:00pm, museum doors reopen at 6:00pm
LOCATION   Morikami Theater
PRICE   $12 (members $10)
*Advance ticket purchase required

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Pachinko was named one of the 10 best books of 2017 by the New York Times.


Join us for an enlightening conversation as Min Jin Lee discusses her most recent best selling novel, a finalist for the National Book Award, and the broader context of the Asian diaspora. Lee’s talk will be followed by a Q& A and book signing. (Pachinko will be available for purchase at the Morikami Museum Store.) 

In this bestselling, page turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.

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.