Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Runner-Up in Fiction: In Pachinko (Grand Central), Min Jin Lee brings the historical sweep of Dickens and Tolstoy to the saga of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family who, exiled from a homeland they never knew, fight to control their destinies in 20th-centuryJapan. As they encounter both catastrophes and great joy, the novel’s exceptional protagonists confront enduring questions of faith, family, and identity. Lee said: “The world is broken because we do not love enough. War, peace, and art require at least three elements: imagination, will, and action – and ironically, all three are enacted because men and women feel love. This is the central paradox – we love – the other, self, family, faith, or nation – and we use that love – of something, or someone, for anything – to justify our violence, compromises, and creation. We know that peace is far more difficult than war or art, because peace requires both forgiveness and restraint; so somehow, we must learn to love peace far more than war. If literature bears witness to true narrative and if it awakens compassion, reconciliation may indeed be possible. Where men and women have failed to love, literature may inspire greater love for all those we’d once thought we feared or hated. I write fiction because I believe that our love can refine our worse nature. I am deeply honored to join the Dayton Literary Peace Prize family of writers as we pursue our collective call toward global peace.”