The year in books: What Seattle Times arts writers read and loved in 2018

”‘Pachinko’ is one of those family sagas that you get lost in, forgetting the passage of time, disappearing into places far away — a poor fisherman’s cramped lodging house; a fragrant restaurant kitchen where kimchee is crafted; a noisy pachinko parlor; a hospital room where generations become linked. ‘Sweeping’ and ‘epic’ are words that are always applied to books like this, but they fit; you leave ‘Pachinko’ feeling changed, as if your world got a little bigger.”