APSI Summer 2020 Book Club: July -- Pachinko

July 21, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

APSI is hosting a book club in Summer 2020. Our book for July is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

Pachinko - APSI July 2020 Book Club

Prof. Hae-Young Kim (AMES) will lead the discussion.

About the book: A saga about four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from their home, 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 all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Pachinko was a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award for fiction.

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