Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee

free food, Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin LeeFree Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee

Casey Han is young woman trying to figure things out. She often gets herself in a bind and does what isn’t expected – a dagger to the heart for her hard-working, immigrant parents. There should be more books with female protagonists in their twenties trying to figure things out! I could have used a friend like Casey in my twenties. With omniscient insight into all the characters’ thinking, Free Food for Millionaires is epic and a true exploration of what made a generation in New York (and their parents) tick. Casey is a flawed heroine, but I never stopped rooting for her happiness!


About Free Food for Millionaires:

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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