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Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko

October 4, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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We’ll be kicking off by discussing Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (2017), a multi-generational story of a Korean family exiled from their homeland in Japan. Among its many accolades, Pachinko was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017, and a USA Today Top 10 Books of 2017. For the Reading Group, please pay special attention to is the first chapter of Book III of the novel, “Nagano, April 1962;” in the paperback edition, it’s pages 325 through 332. We’ll look at how Min Jin Lee reveals to us a character who is trapped, before branching out into a larger discussion of chance and fate.



Illuminations: UCI Reading Group is a collaboration between the University of California, Irvine and 1888. The reading group meets to marvel at the inner-workings of fiction and poetry. Everyone is welcome: No previous experience or training required. Although it’s great if you’ve read the book beforehand, it’s not required, because we’ll always begin by reading a passage aloud together. We’ll then work through some of the writing’s mechanical elements—sometimes called “craft”—to get a better sense of what makes the story speak to us. Hosted by Rebecca Sacks.

Reading Group is led by writers from the MFA Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. The discussions coincide with the UCI Illuminations Authors Series, giving participants a chance to familiarize themselves with the work of visiting writers at UCI.

Rebecca Sacks is a prose writer currently in the MFA Programs in Writing at UCI. Previously, she worked as a freelance journalist and editor, living in Tel Aviv, and before that, in New York. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Vanity Fair, Departures, and The Millions.

With your RSVP, receive a 10% discount at the 1888 Bookshop on the day of the event.


October 4
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


1888 Workshop


UCI Illuminations
UCI Libraries
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