Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters–strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis–survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.
It was a National Book Award finalist, was one of the NY Times 10 best books for 2017, etc. Both the NY Times and Esquire called it “addictive,” the Washington Post called it the “favorite book of the year.”