The Pachinko Parlour, by Elisa Shua Dusapin

This week I wrote a defence of the new Persuasion adaptation for The Critic in which I defend the millennial American version of Austen against the stuffy English Janeite version. It took me a few days to work out what I think of this novel. Like the modern Japanese fiction I have read (as yet, not a huge amount) this is very observational. And short. This is not, however, a Japanese novel. Elisa Shua Dusapin is a French-Korean writer living in Switzerland. She writes in French.

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