is a quarterly reading and discussion group, under the umbrella of your Lafayette Public Library. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues. Our informal discussions will focus on the book itself, as well as on ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world. Lafayette READS! covers both fiction and nonfiction, new books and rediscovered classics. We’re a reading group that really does talk about the book!
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko is a sweeping historical saga of one Korean family living in exile in Japan. It is a gripping tale of an extraordinary family struggling with faith, family, and identity. This work was a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award and was on all the Best of 2017 book lists.
“Stunning... Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative... A compassionate, clear gaze at the chaotic landscape of life itself. In this haunting epic tale, no one story seems too minor to be briefly illuminated. Lee suggests that behind the facades of wildly different people lie countless private desires, hopes and miseries, if we have the patience and compassion to look and listen.” —New York Times Book Review