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The Pachinko Parlor
The Pachinko Parlor | Elisa Shua Dusapin
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 04/23

Another great week! I loved the tagged and the Franzen, and enjoyed the Dutch one. To be honest O enjoyed reading Lovesick Blossoms too but in the end I was underwhelmed.

squirrelbrain A fab week! ❤️ 5mo
Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
TrishB Great week 😁 5mo
sarahbarnes Good to know you liked the Franzen! 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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What a lovely book. My heart aches for all characters: the narrator who takes care of a little girl while living temporarily with her Korean grandparents in Tokyo, preparing them for a return to Korea after 50 years. So much is told is so few words. And what‘s left unsaid, says even more. Thank you so much for sending this Meg, I loved it 💜💜

squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacking. 5mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! I‘m so glad it‘s a win! 💜💜💜 5mo
sarahbarnes Agree with @squirrelbrain - stacking. I‘m always happy to hear about a new work of Japanese fiction! 5mo
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Megabooks @sarahbarnes the author is Franco-Korean and the book is translated from French. She writes beautifully about the intersection of her cultures. I also loved 5mo
Flaneurette This looks really good! Stacked 5mo
sarahbarnes @megabooks ah, thanks for correcting my assumption! And I loved Winter in Sokcho - I think I read it based on your review! I didn‘t realize this was the same author. 5mo
Deblovestoread Agree with the rest. Stacked 📚 5mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I think this one is even better and it feels very Japanese. You should really read it! 5mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Flaneurette @Deblovestoread It is short but packs a punch! 5mo
sarahbarnes I‘m excited to add it to my list with your recommendation! 😊 5mo
batsy Sounds good! Have been meaning to read this 5mo
BarbaraBB @batsy Both are very good 5mo
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Low tide. Ducks paddle in the shallow water. The red boardwalks of Itsukushima Shrine flow out over the sand like a carpet of blood. At the entrance, visitors are funnelled past an orange box. A white plastic horse's head sticks out above the box, empty-eyed. I stand on my tiptoes, trying to see the rest of its body, but all I can make out in the gloom is a manger filled with coins.

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Megabooks
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These are my two reads for @nelehelen ‘s #ManseMarch over on insta (more info ⬇️), and both provided interesting looks into the Korean diaspora, particularly the experience of work and family connections. Both are strong picks.

Dusapin is a Franco-Korean author, TPP follows a young Swiss-Korean woman as she returns to her grandparents in Japan. They run a pachinko parlor, which are usually run by Korean immigrants to Japan. She desperately ⬇️

Megabooks wants to travel to Korea with them before they die, and she doesn‘t understand their reluctance to return. She wants to connect to her own Korean heritage as well. In Nuclear, the son of Korean immigrants to Hawaii has tried to cross the DMZ from South to North on a trip to Korea. His spirit has been invaded by his dead grandfather‘s, who is trapped on the wrong side. Han explores the expectations on children through him and his sister ⬇️ (edited) 1y
Megabooks who is using copious amounts of marijuana to deal with her brother‘s arrest and detainment and how that has affected their parents. Han also examines prejudice in the Korean community against those with heritage in the North. I recommend both! TPP is coming to you @BarbaraBB in my next package! (edited) 1y
Megabooks Helen is @readwithneleh on Instagram, and she‘s sharing books and culture from Korea and the Korean diaspora over there all month! 1y
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Megabooks
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👍🏻👍🏻 on these #bookspin and #doublespin picks! People Person I picked up at a discount sale. It was a last minute addition to the list, but I‘m excited to read it! I loved Queenie.

Pachinko is what I‘m reading for #ManseMarch, which @nelehelen runs over on IG. It‘s a celebration of Korean and Korean diaspora books and culture. Check her out there as ReadWithNeleh. I read (and loved) Dusapin‘s English debut last March.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Chelsea.Poole Both great covers! I have People Person and have been curious about it. Hope it‘s a winner for you! 1y
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole truly! I‘m hoping PP will be a win too. 👍🏻 1y
Cinfhen I was pretty disappointed with People Person @Chelsea.Poole but of course I‘m curious to hear your thoughts & Meg‘s!! But the tagged book sounds fabulous!!! Can‘t wait to see that review, Meg 💕 1y
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catiewithac
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Open Letter Press sent another wonderful novel! This one delicately explores the relationship between language, home, and family. The author is herself a French-speaking Korean woman.

AlaMich I have this one too, as yet unread, but I‘m looking forward to it. 1y
Megabooks Very excited for this! I loved her last book! 1y
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PNWBookseller85
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Elisa Shua Dusapin writes angst and displacement so well. This is her second novel after Winter in Sokcho (which I also loved) and it‘s quiet and lovely. Slice-of-life. Set in Tokyo.

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