Min Jin Lee was born in Seoul and immigrated to New York in 1976 when she was seven years old. She grew up in Elmhurst, New York and is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and Yale College where she majored in history. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and prior to writing, she practiced law in New York.Her fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, Narrative Magazine and NPR’s Selected Shorts, and her essays have been anthologized in To Be Real, Breeder, Sugar in My Bowl, The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works, and The Global and the Intimate. She is the recipient of a NYFA Fellowship and the Narrative Prize. Her personal essays have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, The Times of London, Vogue, Travel+Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, and Food and Wine. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. Her debut novel Free Food for Millionaires was a Top Ten Books of the Year in The Times of London, USA Today, and NPR’s Fresh Air. “Motherland,” the short story on which Pachinko is based won the Peden Prize in The Missouri Review in 2002. From 2007-2011, she lived in Tokyo where she researched and wrote Pachinko. She lives in New York with her family. Her novel Pachinko (Hachette) will be forthcoming in 2017.
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