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“Very rarely do I get to throw myself into a book that makes me feel so seen. Through protagonist Casey Han, Min Jin Lee perfectly articulates what it feels like to find yourself battling between two …

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Pachinko “offers a cross-generational look at 20th-century Japan through the eyes of impoverished Korean immigrants. The heartbreaking saga, set in the 1930s, begins when a young Korean woman, …

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Packinko, Min Jin Lee “With the epic sweep of Zola or Dickens, Lee chronicles four storied generations of a Korean immigrant family, beginning with a pregnant young woman’s decision to enter a …

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“An old-fashioned epic whose simple, captivating storytelling delivers both wisdom and truth.”

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Free Food for Millionaires, Min Jin Lee (fiction, Grand Central Publishing) “Casey Han is the Queens-bred daughter of Korean immigrants, back in the city after graduating from Princeton and realizing …

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“This is a captivating book I read at the suggestion of a young staffer on my team –– a historical novel about the Korean immigrant experience in wartime Japan. Min Jin Lee draws you in from the first line, ‘History has failed us, but no matter.’ The book is named after a popular game in Japan that’s a bit like a pinball machine –– a game of chance where the player can set the speed or direction, but once it’s in play a maze of obstacles determines the outcome. Staying true to the nature of the game, Min Jin Lee’s novel takes us through four generations and each character’s search for identity and success. It’s a powerful story about resilience and compassion.” - Barack Obama

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In the stories of Min Jin Lee, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Lauren Groff, research is a recurring theme.

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“Sometimes my therapist, bless her, mentions phobias I don’t have. ‘You’re not an agoraphobe,’ she offered on Wednesday. But nevertheless, I am skeptical of crowded opinions. Books loved by enormous groups of people unnerve me. I skirted WOLF HALL for ages, and the number of people who told me PACKINKO is a good book is equal to the number of times I responded, ‘Oh, I have to read that,’ and then didn’t. I shouldn’t have hesitated. Min Jin Lee began her career as a lawyer, and her interest in research and justice shines through this compelling family narrative. It is sweeping but specific. When my reading lamp putters out­—the only way I can close the book at night—words and images last: Sunja’s simplest chima, or the way her mother cuts radishes in perfect cubes. Huge cultural questions also sweep past, not unanswered but unanswerable: How do communities thrive on each other’s exclusion? How can a people flourish when their equity is rejected? This book is so much about the collective, its fragility and its dangers, paper-thin walls and the thickness of blood.” —Julia Berick

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