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
National Book Award Finalist Pachinko 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. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. [From the Publisher]
Or, take home an honor copy: LPL will have ten copies for each title which will not need to be checked out. These will be available from the staff picks kiosk upstairs. Look for the label: Take Read Return. These will be available to take home immediately, and we only ask that you return them or share them with another eager reader.
“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