Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee

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Casey Han's four years at Princeton gave her many things, "But no job and a number of bad habits." Casey's parents, who live in Queens, are Korean immigrants working in a dry cleaner, desperately trying to hold on to their culture and their identity. Their daughter, on the other hand, has entered into rarified American society via scholarships. But after graduation, Casey sees the reality of having expensive habits without the means to sustain them. As she navigates Manhattan, we see her life and the lives around her, culminating in a portrait of New York City and its world of haves and have-nots. FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES offers up a fresh exploration of the complex layers we inhabit both in society and within ourselves. Inspired by 19th century novels such as Vanity Fair and Middlemarch, Min Jin Lee examines maintaining one's identity within changing communities in what is her remarkably assured debut.

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Min Jin Lee went to Yale, where she was awarded both the Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the Veech Prize for Fiction. Her work has also been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts and anthologized in To Be Real (Doubleday, 1995) and Breeder (Seal Press, 2001). She lives in New York with her husband and son.
Published July 2, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 577 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Casey Han is a recent Princeton graduate, daughter of Korean-born owners of a Manhattan laundry who want their daughter both to cleave to tradition and fulfill the immigrants’ ethic of success.

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Their fiction, Casey notices, bears an uncanny resemblance to the “Korean fairy tales her mother used to tell her,” in which good things came to clever and virtuous women who followed the paths of “sacrifice and integrity.” But growing up in Queens at the end of the 20th century — rather than in ...

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Casey Han is in pursuit of the American Dream --- almost.

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Even so, Casey's story is a fabulous one, taking her — and the reader — to some unexpected places.

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Free Food for Millionaires, Min Jin Lee's debut novel is a sprawling, complex tale that reads almost like an epic.

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Nights and Weekends

Min Jin Lee’s exceptional writing allows us to see them from all sides and gives an intimate portrayal of poor kids who have had a taste of the privileged world and the privileged kids already in it.

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When done right, they give a little flavor of the chapter ahead and a little pull to get me to keep reading.Think about all the great title chapters just in the Harry Potter books:Book 1, Chapter 1: The Boy Who LivedBook 1, Chapter 3: The Letters from No OneBook 1, Chapter 17: The Man with Two Fa...

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