BOOK OF THE MONTH

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) is Bookclubz' Book of the Month.

Use these discussion questions to guide your next meeting.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Beginning in 1910 during the time of Japanese colonization and ending many decades later in 1989, Pachinko is the epic saga of a Korean family told over four generations.

THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

“History has failed us, but no matter.” How does the opening line reflect the rest of the book—and do you agree?


In a way, Sunja’s relationship with Isak progresses in reverse, as her pregnancy by another man brings them together and prompts Isak to propose marriage. How does Lee redefine intimacy and love with these two characters?


“Their eldest brother, Samoel, had been the brave one, the one who would’ve confronted the officers with audacity and grace, but Yoseb knew he was no hero.…Yoseb didn’t see the point of anyone dying for his country or for some greater ideal. He understood survival and family.” What kinds of bravery are shown by different characters, and what motivates this bravery?