Pachinko, Min Jin Lee

So many novelists who work on Min Jin Lee’s themes would be making a comment — social or political — often a very predictable comment. Their work would be called urgent, relevant, and, God bless them, important. Alas, novelists so often have predictable beliefs. Not Lee. She’s a church-going, Bible-reading, Korean-American Christian, who was a corporate lawyer before she quit to spend eleven years learning how to write fiction while living with chronic liver disease. She calls herself a late bloomer. Her first novel,

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