I knew nothing about the history of the Japanese occupation of Korea, or about the treatment of Koreans who lived in Japan before I read Pachinko. This is a four-generation family story which is set in motion when Sunja, the daughter of a crippled fisherman and a boarding house keeper in occupied Korea, falls in love with a wealthy Korean businessman. She becomes pregnant and finds out her lover is married, and she will have no more to do with him. The story of Sunja, the man she eventually marries, her extended family and her life in Japan, pulled me right in. Pachinko is a Korean game of chance, and it serves both as metaphor and as the means for survival of the family.