Pachinko, a 2017 novel by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, was a National Book Award finalist and one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2017. The glorious saga follows the story of four generations of a Korean family in Japanese-occupied Korea and later Japan from World War II through the 1980s. Fans love the sweeping historical drama for it’s sensitive portrayal of characters we’ve not seen before, and gain an understanding of the long-standing tensions between Koreans and Japanese. Bonus: hold your book club dinner at one of LA’s many fabulous Korean BBQ restaurants, including a new branch of the House of Galbi in the Valley.