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The White Hart Speaker Series: Min Jin Lee presents her new novel “Pachinko” in collaboration with Oblong Books and Music and the Scoville Memorial Library with WAMC’s Joe Donahue

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, “Pachinko” follows one Korean family through multiple generations beginning in the  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 from Korea  to Japan to start a new life.

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”, “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.

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