Pachinko Summary
Min Jin Lee

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Pachinko Overview

Min Jin Lee’s sweeping, multi-decade novel Pachinko tells the stories of a Korean family displaced to and mistreated in Japan. Beginning in Busan, Korea in 1910, the novel follows the descendants of Hoonie and Yangjin for the next eight decades as they struggle through love, childbirth, careers, and oppression in anti-Korean Japan, removed from and unable to return to their native land. Pachinko focuses on the relationship between ethnicity, homeland, and displacement, the sacrifices family members are willing to make for one another, and the struggles that are part of familial and non-familial bonds.

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