A Victorian epic transplanted to Japan, following a Korean family of immigrants through eight decades and four generations.
Yeongdo, Korea 1911.
A club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then a Christian minister offers a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.
Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country where she has no friends and no home, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.
‘Gripping…Pachinko is a stunning achievement, full of heart, full of grace, full of truth.’ —Erica Wagner
‘An instant classic, a page-turner, and probably the best book of the year.’ —Darin Strauss
‘Pachinko confirms Lee’s place among our finest novelists.’—Junot Díaz
‘A deep, broad, addictive history of a Korean family in Japan.’—David Mitchell