Free Food for Millionaires

Free Food for Millionaires

Paperback - 2017
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2017
Edition: 10th Anniversary Edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781455571673
Branch Call Number: FIC LEE
Characteristics: xviii, 603 pages ; 23 cm

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PimaLib_LoisM Jul 11, 2019

After reading Min Jin Lee's Pachinko, I wanted to read more from this author, and discovered her previous book, Free Food for Millionaires. Lee includes many of the same themes of identity, cultural differences, and relationships in this book but it takes place in a modern day setting in New York City. This is a fabulous read that will keep you turning the pages.

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writermala
Sep 29, 2018

This book has so much about Hats, hatmaking, hat styles and hat selling that it could well be called 'Free food for milliners." The story revolves round the Han family, Joseph and Leah and their daughters, Casey and Tina. Casey in particular is the main character and seems to be perpetually angry. The novel starts with a huge fight between Casey and her father; resulting in Casey being thrown out of the familial home. After that she is continuously poor and trying to find a home. Her friends, lovers, and their friends are the other characters in the book, all very different and interesting personalities. There are two babies, Irene and Timothy for the aw factor. Quite an interesting read.

jeana12 May 23, 2017

I read this book when it first came out and remembered really enjoying it because it was so engaging.The characters and also having the story set in NYC is what makes this such a pleasurably read.

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mvanzuylen13
Jan 05, 2012

Free Food for Millionaires has a promising start, but very soon goes nowhere. The main character (Casey) is sullen and vapid at once. For some reason she inspires friendship from all sorts of people in the story, but couldn't see it because I didn't like her at all. She apparently hates to be social, and was angry at her friends, but they still loved her.

There were many threads in the story that weren't followed up on. For instance, breaks up with her fiance because she periodically has visions that determine her course of action. She doesn't see herself with the fiance, so that's it for him. It is also the last time she has a vision, even though she has many other forks in the road. Her other romantic and professional decisions are never really delved into, and just were stupid. Was it a struggle being the daughter of a poor immigrant who made it into Princeton? We don't really get into that, yet that is the premise of the novel. Casey is just shallow, vain and selfish. I suggest you read something else.

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dgrace
Jan 15, 2011

Got caught up in the characters. A lot going on, and all resolved very quickly. Entertaining and engaging.

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