Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.


Free Food for Millionaires (2007)

by Min Jin Lee

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
9474416,961 (3.53)51
"Goodbye, Columbus meets the novels of Amy Tan in this American story of class, society and identity that marks the debut of a new voice in fiction"--Provided by the publisher.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 51 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 44 (next | show all)
Mildly entertaining. Huge book. Surprised I finished it. Picked it up @ thrift store for #1.
A little insight into Korean culture. Lots of Catholic references. Some sexual stuff, language. Ket my interest just enough but took me about 2 months to read. ( )
  avdesertgirl | Aug 22, 2021 |
I thoroughly enjoyed Free Food For Millionaires. It does not have the sweep of Lee’s later novel Pachinko, but it is highly entertaining. I enjoyed the bloody minded heroine, Casey Han. The novel has a lot of plot and some extravagant scenes. It is a testimony to Min Jin Lee's skill that she can write so convincingly about the worlds of NY finance, millinery, in addition to the multiple worlds of Korean Americans. ( )
  jdukuray | Jun 23, 2021 |
Despite many of the bad reviews on this site I thought this was a good book. I could relate to and liked the main character Casey despite her flaws. Contrary to other reviewers this was not "chick lit" which I try to steer clear of. ( )
  baruthcook | Aug 26, 2020 |
I was interested in reading this book because of the buzz behind Pachinko. After finishing this quite epically long novel I am even more excited to get to Pachinko. ( )
  preetibee | Aug 31, 2019 |
Quite good. Very interesting look into the culture and ethos of Korean immigrants. Perhaps other ethnic' second generation sons and daughters will find elements to relate to. Bit of a soap opera pace with all the characters' romances and emotional upheavals. ( )
  amaraki | Aug 8, 2018 |
Showing 1-5 of 44 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Information from the Russian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Our crowns have been bought and paid for-all we have to do is wear them.

-James Baldwin
For Umma, Apha, Myung, and Sang.
First words
Competence can be a curse.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

"Goodbye, Columbus meets the novels of Amy Tan in this American story of class, society and identity that marks the debut of a new voice in fiction"--Provided by the publisher.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
"Competence can be a curse."

So begins Min Jin Lee's epic novel about class, society, and identity. Casey Han's four years at Princeton have given her many things-"a refined diction, an enviable golf handicap, a popular white boyfriend, an agnostic's closeted passion for reading the Bible, and a magna cum laude degree in economics, but no job and a number of bad habits.

Casey's parents, who live in Queens, are Korean immigrants working at a dry cleaner, desperately trying to hold on to their culture and identity. Their daughter, on the other hand,m has entered into the upper echelon of rarefied American society via scholarships. But after graduation, while Casey's trust-fund friends see only opportunity and choices, Casey sees the reality of having expensive habits without the means to sustain them. As Casey navigates Manhattan, we see her life and the lives of those around her-her sheltered mother and scarred father, her friend Ella's ambitious Korean husband and his Causcasian mistress, Casey's white fiance, and then her Korean boyfriend-culminate in a portrait of NYC and its worlds of haves and have nots.

Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links


Average: (3.53)
0.5 1
1 9
1.5 2
2 20
2.5 4
3 52
3.5 19
4 70
4.5 8
5 36

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

Hachette Book Group

An edition of this book was published by Hachette Book Group.

» Publisher information page

Tantor Media

An edition of this book was published by Tantor Media.

» Publisher information page


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 162,195,878 books! | Top bar: Always visible