Min Jin Lee

in Seoul, Korea, Republic of
July 11, 1968



Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (Feb 2017) is a national bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and an American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next Great Reads. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (May 2007) was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Novels of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today.

Min Jin went to Yale College where she was awarded both the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction. She attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time.

She has received the NYFA Fellowship

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Times of London: My Favorite Novel of 2010

TONY & SUSAN by Austin Wright is a masterful achievement in literature: Times Online


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February 2017, Min Jin Lee
"The Pachinko author says every book is a labor of love. So here she shares the novels that—to her—are the very essence of love. " ...More

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“Living everyday in the presence of those who refuse to acknowledge your humanity takes great courage”
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

“You want to see a very bad man? Make an ordinary man successful beyond his imagination. Let’s see how good he is when he can do whatever he wants.”
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

“Learn everything. Fill your mind with knowledge—it’s the only kind of power no one can take away from you.” Hansu never told him to study, but rather to learn, and it occurred to Noa that there was a marked difference. Learning was like playing, not labor.”
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko



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