Monday, August 05, 2019

Six books Jia Tolentino recommends

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion.

Formerly, she was the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. She grew up in Texas, went to University of Virginia, and got her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan.

Tolentino recommended six books at The Week magazine. One title on the list:
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (2017).

I'm in awe of this book and the way it combines a 19th-century novel's powers of submersion with a blazingly contemporary sense of ethics. I was basically gasping as I read this saga of an ethnically Korean family in Japan — desperate to know what happened next, overwhelmed with love and sorrow.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue