Min Jin Lee
New York Times Bestselling Author
Monday, March 16, 2020
Min Jin Lee’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires was a Top 10 Book of the Year for The Times, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today. Lee’s second novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. It was a New York Times bestseller and a Top 10 Book of the Year for The New York Times, USA Today, BBC, and the New York Public Library. Pachinko was also on over 75 best-of-the-year lists and will be translated into 27 languages. Min Jin Lee was a 2018 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction and has been named a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University for 2018-2019 where she will be researching and writing her third novel, American Hagwon. Lee worked as a corporate lawyer before quitting to focus on her writing and lives in Harlem, New York with her son and husband.
“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.” — The New York Times Book Review