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Free Food for Millionaires (original 2007; edition 2018)
by Min Jin Lee (Author)
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee (2007)
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A captivating novel by the author of Pachinko that follows Casey Han, a young Korean-American woman struggling to find her place in the world. Set against the backdrop of New York City's high society, Lee's novel explores themes of race, class, cultural identity, and ambition. Lee uses Casey's story to offer a deep dive into the challenges of the immigrant experience, as well as the obstacles faced by those who try to bridge cultural worlds. ( )
Love these characters, even the assholes. Did not want the story to end.
Lee just has a way of getting you so emotionally invested in her characters that it's hard to let go even weeks or months later. I read Pachinko first, which I loved, so I was hoping to expect the same in this. It was different, not as powerful, but still very engaging. Took me some time to get into it, but by the end, I couldn't put the book down.
I really didn't want this 600 page book to end. I need a sequel!
did not finish
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In this One Book, One New York 2019 nominee from the author of National Book Award Finalist Pachinko, the Korean-American daughter of first-generation immigrants strives to join Manhattan's inner circle. Meet Casey Han: a strong-willed, Queens-bred daughter of Korean immigrants immersed in a glamorous Manhattan lifestyle she can't afford. Casey is eager to make it on her own, away from the judgements of her parents' tight-knit community, but she soon finds that her Princeton economics degree isn't enough to rid her of ever-growing credit card debt and a toxic boyfriend. When a chance encounter with an old friend lands her a new opportunity, she's determined to carve a space for herself in a glittering world of privilege, power, and wealth-but at what cost? Set in a city where millionaires scramble for the free lunches the poor are too proud to accept, this sharp-eyed epic of love, greed, and ambition is a compelling portrait of intergenerational strife, immigrant struggle, and social and economic mobility. Addictively readable, Min Jin Lee's bestselling debut Free Food for Millionaires exposes the intricate layers of a community clinging to its old ways in a city packed with haves and have-nots.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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