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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 new book, "Pachinko" is: one of Buzzfeed's 32 most exciting books coming in 2017, included in The Millions' most anticipated: the great 2017 book preview, one of Elle's 25 most anticipated books by women for 2017, one of BBC's 10 books to read in 2017 and one of Entertainment Weekly's best new books.
"Lee is a master plotter, but the larger issues of class, religion, outsider history and culture she addresses in "Pachinko" make this a tour de force you'll think about long after you finish reading," said the National Book Review.
"Min Jin Lee has produced a beautifully realized saga of an immigrant family in a largely hostile land, trying to establish its own way of belonging," said The Times Literary Supplement.
Her short fiction has been featured on NPR's selected shorts. Her writings have appeared in Conde 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.