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Program Type: Books/Writing
Age: Adults
Allowed Ages: 18 and older.
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Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee, is the featured book for discussion in New Palestine.  You are encouraged to read the book in advance. Ask for a copy at the information desk.

Book jacket description: 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.

  • New York Times "Notable Book" and Book Club "Now Read This"
  • USA Today Top Ten
  • July pick for the PBS News Hour
  • Winner of the Medici Book Club Prize