Biography

Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee's debut novel, FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES, was one of the "Top 10 Novels of the Year" for The Times (London), NPR's "Fresh Air" and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts." Her writings have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, The Times (London), Vogue, Travel+Leisure, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. She lives in New York with her family.

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Books by Min Jin Lee

by Min Jin Lee - Fiction

PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life. In Japan, Sunja's family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents.