LIT NIGHT: MIN JIN LEE
Lee's debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was a New York Times bestseller and one of the "Top 10 Novels of the Year" for The Times (London), NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her latest novel is a tour de force that follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.
Left by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan, setting in motion a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.