President Obama Recommends PACHINKO

“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