Free Food for Millionaires

Free Food for Millionaires

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Baker & Taylor
Having become indoctrinated in the ways of American life through her Princeton education, Casey Han struggles between the expensive lifestyle she enjoys and the traditional culture to which her Korean immigrant parents desperately cling.

Hachette Book Group
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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Having become thoroughly indoctrinated in the ways of American life through her Princeton education, Casey Han struggles between the expensive lifestyle she enjoys and the traditional culture to which her Korean immigrant parents desperately cling.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780446581080
Branch Call Number: FIC Lee
Characteristics: viii, 562 p

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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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