Free Food for Millionaires

Free Food for Millionaires

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780446581080
0446581089
Characteristics: viii, 562 p. ;,24 cm.

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JILLYJELLY
Oct 07, 2019

Just TRY putting this book down once you get going...I loved it. As much as "Pachinko." Great story.

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Shoebug
Sep 04, 2019

I enjoyed this book.

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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